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Mullinahone News August 24th

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South Final Lost

While C.J. Kickhams lost the 2015 South Final to Killenaule by only two points 0-21 – 2-13 in Fethard on Sunday last, it was a game that to many they never looked like winning. This was Killenaule’s firsr win over Mullinahone in six finals as Mullinahone had won the previous five. One result of the locals loss of Sunday’s final was that Eoin Kelly failed to win an llth South Tipp senior hurling medal.

Had he done so, he would have joined a select batch of the old Davin’s players who had won eleven such medals at the top of the honours list. The 2015 final marked the 30th south Tipp final in a row that at least one and often two of the Slieveardagh cousins (Ballingarry, Killenaule and Mullinahone) didn’t play in.

The last such final was 1985 when Carrick Swan beat St.Marys. Attention must now switch to the South Intermediate football championship and the county senior hurling championship. No doubt, physical training for football would build up strength and team spirit in our hurlers. So far, supporters have seen improvement in our hurling team, but even more is required if we are to return to former greatness.

Save Our Post Office

Local poet, Joe O’Gorman put pen to paper recently on the need to keep our rural post office service. Joe rejects the “Do it on line” mentality in the last verses of his poem.

“If we do not take action, we’ll pay a heavy price,

The poor will have the greatest loss, when fate will throw it’s dice,

They’ll have to go to Callan, but they may not have a car,

So more hardship for the old, another step too far.

We must go to our Post Office and draw our Welfare there,

We must use up every service that John and Ann prepare,

For if it goes, it won’t be back, like the Barracks and the Bank

Remember if we go on line, we have ourselves to thank.”


Local Lotto Jackpot

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 17th August. The numbers drawn were 13,23,26 and 30. There was no jackpot winner, but 5 shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Pat O’Meara, Mary Fitzgibbon, Dan, T.J., and Nicola, The Hardy Boys and Liam O’Brien. Next draw will be on 31st August when the jackpot could be worth €12,700.

Parish Newsletter

Anniversary Masses next weekend: Saturday 29th August at 8pm Paddy Brett, Bawnavrona, Sunday 30th August at 11.30am, Percy Vaughan, Clonagoose.

The Annual Mass at the Mass Rock took place on Sunday afternoon last and was well attended in spite of counter attractions. On Sunday next, Aug. 3Oth St. Mary’s Church, Killenaule will celebrate the 15Oth Anniversary of it’s opening. The National Eucharistic Congress 2O15 will take place in Knock on the 26th and 27th of September. A one day pilgrimage to Lough Derg will take place on Saturday 12th September. Nearest bus pick up location is Killenauleat 11am on Friday 11th September. Phone Mary on O62-71243.

Mullininahone AFC

Mullinahone got off to a winning start on their return to junior Soccar ranks after a more than a five year absence. The team a mixture of youth and experience has been welded into a unit by Manager, George Hinley and his assistants Ian Gahan abd Dave Cooper. The team started nervously and conceded an early goal.  However, they bounced back and levelled with a penalty converted by Michael Cooper. Mullinahone lost Jamie McGrath to injury, but Tony Watters proved an able deputy.

End to end action saw Mullinahone lead 4 – 1 at half time. Third division Kilmanahan hit back with two goals in the second half,  but Mullinahone held out for a 4 – 3 win.  Next round will be on Sunday next away to Killusty. Scorers Michael Cooper (Pen) Ashley Lazlett, Wayne Lazlett and an OG.

Team: George Hinley, Johnny Hickey, Ian Gahan, Jamie McGrath, Shane O’Connell, Michael Cooper,Sean Birmingham, James Hinley, Wayne Lazlett, Ashley Lazlett, Aidan McGrath.  Reserves:  Tony Watters, Frankie Clinton, Eamonn Brett, Dan Haight.  After the game both teams were provided with refreshments by Eamonn Brett.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 11:05

Mullinahone News August 16th

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Soccer Reformed

Mullinahone schoolboy soccer teams enjoyed great success last season and brought an unprecedented number of trophies to the club. At adult level, it has been over five years since the club fielded a team. That’s about to change when a rejuvenated Mullinahone FC take to the field in the Tipp and District League.

Team Manager, George Hindley has spent time putting a squad together and moulding a team around a few stalwarts from the old days and a group of enthusiastic newcomers. Pre-season training under fitness coach, Richie Morrissey has the lads in prime condition for the big kick-off. Already, Mullinahone FC have played friendlies against Glengoole, Holycross and Killusty.

Seven different players got on the score sheet in the 9-2 victory over Killusty. Improvements have also being taken place off the field. The club grounds and dressing rooms are getting a facelift in preparation for the season ahead, helped by the expertise of Eugene O’Meara. The new committee would like to thank the local businesses who have come on board to help out.

The first game will see a new team strip, courtesy of Mullinahone Co-Op.  Ronan Brett has sponsored a new set of nets. Floodlights will be erected in time for Winter training under the supervision of Sean Moroney. We would like to thank the local community for their goodwill and support for us expressed in their support of the local lotto.  First game kicks off on Sunday next 23rd August.

Annual Mass

The now annual Mass on Carraigmoclear will take place at the Mass Rock on Sunday next, 23rd August at 3pm.

Thank You

Joe Pollard on behalf of himself and his family would like to thank most sincerely Fr. John McGrath, Jerry Barrett, Eddie O’Meara MCC, John Croke P.O. members of the local community council and the parish of Mullinahone for the overwhelming generosity shown to me on my retirement as a local postman.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 10th August.The numbers drawn were 5, 9, 14 and 16. There was no jackpot winner, but 3 winners shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Jo Keating, Rita and Sean and Bernadette Phelan. Next draw will be on Monday 24th August when the jackpot could be worth €12,700. To win, you must first be in.


Like many other places in Tipperary a large number of local supporters travelled to Croke Park on Sunday last, but returned home disappointed. In the end the sheer determination of Galway from numbers 1 to 15 probably saw them through. Maybe our own lads could learn something from Galway. At the moment, we are due to play a South Tipp senior hurling final this coming weekend.

This will be our most important game of the year and it will require a super effort to overcome Killenaule. Even though we won’t be favourites, hopefully our supporters will turn out in numbers. On Friday night last, our Intermediate footballers had a good win over Grangemockler in a play- off game in our championship group.

A win over Swan in our next game during the week would see us winners of our group and into the semi-final of the championship. Again, we would like to see our supporters turning up in numbers to support Franny, Johnny and Adrian.

Parish Newsletter

Condolences to the family of Sean O’Neill, Ballydonnell who passed away recently while on holidays in Galway. Sean was in his late 80’s. Condolences also to Brigid Ryan, Modeshill on the death in Australia of her sister, Sr. Elizabeth.

Anniversary Masses next weekend Saturday 22nd August at 8pm Danny and Ciss Maher, Ballycullen. On Sunday 23rd August at 3pm we have the annual Mass at the Mass Rock at Kylotlea.

Congratulations on their recent wedding in Mullinahone, to Louise Croke, Post Office and Matt Ryan, Ballydavid. On behalf of the parish, thanks to all those who helped to make the Golden Jubilee of Sr. Agnes and Sr. Maria, such an inspiring event in Mullinahone last weekend.

Credit Union

The switch over to Thursday afternoon and Saturday morning opening in our Credit Union with it’s increased hours seems to be working out well.  New hours of opening in Mullinahone Credit Union are Thursday 3.30pm to 7pm and Saturday 10am to 1pm.

Water Problems

Many of us thought that our water problems would be solved when the new water pipes were installed two years ago. Many problems were solved, but some major problems still remain. One is the problem of water leaks and the other is the great amount of lime which appears in our water supply, too often and for far too long, when an auxiliary water supply is switched on.  Can we see these problems attended to?  Please report all leaks.

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 11:01

Mullinahone News August 10th

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St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone was filled on Sunday last when 2 local nuns celebrated their Golden Jubilees representing over a century of religious service between them.

The two nuns were Sr. Agnus Crowley (Mercy) and Sr. Maria Crowley (Holy Family).  Both were members of the Crowley family, Kilvemnon. The six Crowleys (3 boys and 3 girls) had been orphaned when their father Will Crowley died in 1955 which followed the death of their mother in 1949 at the young age of 35.

Two of the girls entered religion over 50 years ago as did their brother Joe, who joined the Patrician Brothers and passed away in Australia in 2004. Another brother, Michael, Kilvemnon also died at a young age. The celebration ceremony was attended by the two remaining members of the Crowley family, brother Liam and sister Rena Kelly as well as many other members of the extended family and friends.

Mass was celebrated by parish priest, Fr. McGrath who also organised the homecoming ceremony. The local choir was in full voice with St. Michael’s Church giving a great welcome home to the sisters. Both sisters told their life stories to the congregation and their cousin, Eddie Lawrence, thanked those who turned out, on behalf of the family.

This joyful occasion was in stark contrast to other gatherings involving religious over recent decades. Listening to the two sisters, one is consoled that there is still good in our world. The celebration Mass was shared with the Kickham Country Weekend anniversary Mass.  Ad multos annos to Sr. Maria and Sr. Agnus.

Water Breaks & Lime

Those visiting the village for some time past must have noticed, especially if they were on foot, water leaks around the village. The worst of these seems to be in Killaghy Street. Another major problem which continues to raise its ugly head is lime in some of the local water supply. This lime will soon be affecting electrical appliances as it has been going on for far too long at this stage.

Kickham Country Weekend

In 1982, Mullinahone celebrated the centenary  of the death of Charles J. Kickham. This event was most successful and the following year,1983 the first Kickham Country Weekend took place as it has every year since. This Kickham summer school took place over the weekend and was again successful for the 33rd time.

Two very informative lectures were given with a well patronised bus tour on the Saturday afternoon. Sunday had the oration over the graves of James Maher and Charles J. Kickham while the poetry reading on Sunday afternoon brought the weekend to an end.

GAA News

The GAA field day on the Bank holiday was very successful. Attention now switches to the All-Ireland semi-final v Galway with the winners facing Kilkenny in the All-Ireland final. On a local level, our own U12’s face a divisional semi-final after some good recent wins. The Kelloggs Cúl Camp will also be taking place next week.

Our senior hurlers played the final of the Dr. Fogarty League Cup on Friday evening, but had to give best to a well- tuned up Nenagh. A number of our players may have learned that fitness will need to be improved if we are to challenge Killenaule in the South Tipp final. Now is the time to take corrective action. Our annual U12 tournament will take place as usual on the last Saturday of August.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Tuesday 4th August. The numbers drawn were 1,3,19 and 29.  We had no jackpot winner, but four shared the Match 3 prize of €160.  Congrats to Niamh Maher, Tyler Hicks, Thos. A. Kennedy, AJ and L Britton who shared €160. Next draw will be on Monday 17th August when the jackpot could be worth €12,700.



Due to a local wedding, Adoration on this Thursday will be from 4pm to 9pm.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill

F. Mac C in Cloneen are organising a fund raiser for rescue horses on August 14th in Cloneen Sports and Social Club.The event takes the form of a 1920’s evening.


Best of luck to all those who will get Leaving Cert results during the week. For those going back to Primary School, at the end of the month, all your uniform and stationary requirements for Mullinahone, Kilvemnen, Poulacapple, Cloneen, Drangan, Slieveardagh, Ballingarry, Lisnambroc, Grangemockler and Killusty can be obtained at Paul Meehans in Mullinahone.

Hair Studio

Rose’s Hair Studio will be closed on this Friday, 14th August only.  Open again on Saturday.  Apologies Rose

Last Updated on Monday, 19 October 2015 10:57

Mullinahone News August 3rd

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Big Weekend for Mullinahone

Next weekend will be a most important one in Mullinahone. Two events of major importance will take place. The Annual Kickham Country Weekend will take place from Friday night to Sunday afternoon and on Sunday the parish will mark the Golden Jubilees of two Mullinahone nuns, the Crowley sisters from Kilvemnon.

Golden Jubilees

Back in the mid 1950’s  Will Crowley died.  His wife, Mary had pre-deceased him at the age of 35 in 1949.  The 6 Crowley children (3 boys and 3 girls) were then divided out between relatives with the girls having to leave Kilvemnon.  Sr. Agnes and Sr. Maria became nuns and their brother, Joe, joined the Patrician Brothers.

Joe died in Australia in 2004. Rena, the third sister and Liam are still hale and hearty in the Powerstown-Lisronagh and Carrick-on-Suir areas, while many locals remember Michael who stayed at home in Kilvemnon with fondness.  Sisters, Agnes and Maria celebrate the Golden Jubilee of their religious profession in St. Michael’s Church on Sunday next, August 9th at 11.30am Mass. We would like to see every family represented at this event.

Kickham Country Weekend

The Kickham Country Weekend will be launched on Friday night by Dr. Proinsias O Drisceoil at 7.30pm. A lecture on the first biographer of Charles Kickham “Michael Kavanagh” follows. Saturday afternoon sees the annual bus tour, this time of the Templeorum area and the farm of Mrs. Mary O’Shea. A second lecture on “Old Kilcash” on Saturday night and Sunday sees the oration at Kickham’s grave by author Jim Maher. The weekend concludes with the poetry reading in Killaghy Castle on Sunday afternoon with guest poet, Michael Coady, Carrick-on-Suir.

Lime in Water

Locals have been concerned with the amount of lime in the local water supply for the last 6 to 8 weeks. This is certainly long enough to do damage to electrical machines such as kettles, washing machines and dishwashers. We believe that the limey supply comes from a local well which is brought into use with an auxiliary pump when the main supply fails and is out of action. Many locals think that the main supply has now been out of action for far too long.

A Very Important Win

Since the start of the season, Mullinahone senior hurlers have shown considerable improvement over last season. Mid season, we got hit with trips to the USA and injuries. These combined to threaten our progress to a 2015 South final. First we lost the first semi-final to Killenaule, though we played rather well. On Saturday night last, in Fethard, we availed of our second chance in the semi-final to deservedly defeat Ballingarry by two points and qualify for another tilt at Killenaule in the final. We were lucky on Saturday that some of our injured have recovered sufficiently to play, though future fitness will have to improve.

We started reasonably well and had built up a 4 point lead when through mistakes we conceded 1-01.  A second Ballingarry goal gave them the initiative and half way through the second half, they had gone into a 3 point lead.  We then hit 5 unanswered points as the pendulum swung towards us.  In a tight finish, points were exchanged and we held on to our two point lead. Our lads lined out : Alan Walsh, Kevin Walzer, Paul Curran, George Browning, Enda Keane, Gary Cronin, Niall Curran, AlanCurran (capt), Kevin Bolger, Graham Horan, Sean Curran, Jack Shelly, Eoin Kelly, Paul Kelly, Micheál Dunne, subs used: Luke Mullally, Colin Shelly and Niall O’Brien.

Management team: Adrian O’Sullivan, Johnny Kennedy and Franny Kelly.  Our senior hurlers now face a crowded Autumn knockout programme with finals of Tipperary league “Dr. Fogarty Cup” on Friday night next in Templetouhy, the final of the St. Mollerans tournament, the South final and games in the County championship.

Juvenile Hurling

Perhaps, a new wave of hurlers is on the way.The last few weeks have been good for Mullinahone at underage level. Under 16’s and under 14’s have had wins, but pride of place must go to our under 12’s who had 3 wins.  During the week the team had a good 4-09 to 3-03 win over Killenaule.

Another win followed over Ballingarry on Sunday

Kellogs Cúl Camp If you would like to take part in the upcoming Kelloggs Cúl Camp please contact the secretary or chairman of the C J Kickhams Juvenile Club Victor Direen/Sean O’Meara.

Joe is Thanked

Our retired postman, Joe Pollard was the recipient of a presentation from the local Community Council on Saturday night last. The esteem in which Joe was held was marked by the fine crowd who attended the presentation, even if it clashed with a major event “the hurling semi-final via Ballingarry”. Joe had been our ever helpful postman for the last 2 decades and was involved in the local public eye for long before that. The presentation was made to Joe on behalf of the local council by Eddie O’Meara, MCC, Chairman.

Ann Pollard was presented with a bouquet of flowers by Mary Guiry, Secretary of the Community Council. Among the speakers were Fr. McGrath, P.P., who spoke of Joe’s concern on his rounds for older people and his happy disposition even in the face of sad news. Fr. McGrath also mentioned that Joe’s departure was yet another blow to rural living. He remarked that such as Joe could never be replaced by a drop and run postman. Others to speak well of our now ex-postman were Eddie O’Meara MCC, Jerry Barrett, former manager of Mullinahone Co-op and John Croke, local postmaster. The reception was attended by about 100 parishioners and a lovely tea was provided by the local committee.

Local Lotto Jackpot

Our local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday 27th July 2015. The numbers drawn were 4,14,16 and 27. There was no jackpot winner, but we did have three Match 3 winners. Congrats to Jeremiah Kiely, Aisha Tobin and the Fennelly girls who shared €150. Next draw will be on Monday next 10th August when the jackpot could be worth €12,700. If you want to win, you must first be in.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 11:50

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