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New play by local Playwright

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New Play – Most people in Mullinahone will be familiar with well know author Willie Egan. After al, Willie was born in Mullinahone in the 1950’s. Originally Willie was a well know song writer and progressed from this to writing a number of short sketches. Many of these were used by the locals in a number of successful forays into Scor Competitions in the 1980’s. The author then branched into full length drama and two of his plays have been brought to stage by his native Anner Players. His first play was performed by the quasi auto-biographical “The winter of 69” which was performed to a receptive audience in Mullinahone and Kilkenny’s Watergate. A second successful play followed the same tracks as regards venues and cast “Dreams, Schemes and Miracles”.

 

Now Willie has produced his third play about family conflict and secrets and about personal values and choices. The action takes place during a Sunday lunchtime when the Darbys are preparing for a family dinner party to present their retirement. The arrival of a stranger opens the flood gates of confusion. Once again Willie places his play in the hands of the Anner players. The talented Mullinahone men are argumented by two dinner ladies neither of whom are a stranger to Kilkenny stage, Marina Boyd and Paula Drohan. The male side of the cast comes from “the little village” or at least from its environs. Kevin Keating plays the “about to retire” bank Manager Mr. Darby. The other stars are always entertaining Eugene O Meara, as well as regulars Paddy Hickey. The cast is completed by Padraig Collins who represents a new generation.

The Play will be unveiled in the Knocknagow community centre on January 11th and 12th before moving to the bigger stage of the Watergate the following weekend.
Proceeds in Mullinahone are in aid of the local community council. The play will be directed by Willie Egan and producer, stage design and stage manager is Tom Ryan, Michael Egan Costumes and Aoife Bambrick (make Up) Curtains up all nights at 8pm

 

 

2007 Rainfall

At the end of the day, rainfall locally in 2007 was normal. Some rain fell on 203 days of the year while the rainfall was somewhat heavier on 155 of those days. During the year 919.8mm of rain fell. It is a small amount when compared to the high of 1122.2mm on 218 days in 2002. During the year gone by there was little sign of heavy rainfall until June. Then the skies opened until September when it dried up again until mid November. In the end June was the wettest month of the year with 137.5mm of rain cascading down on 18 days.

December with 116mm of rainfall on 17 days was the runner up in the washout stakes. At the other end of the scale April was the driest month. What was the wettest day of 2007? The answer to that one was June 19th when 34.4mm of rain fell. With such differences in rainfall no wonder keeping an eye on the weather would drive one to distraction.

 

Birthday

Congratulations to John Vaughan of Grove on his 80th birthday. Many will be surprised to learn that the ever popular John has reached the great milestone of four score years. For many years John has had a highly visible presence in the local community. He was a stalwart of the local community council. He was a pillar of the local church and farming circles. But it was in the ranks of the GAA that John will be remembered for the major part he played in helping the CJ Kickham club with its own sports field. He has spent a number of decades representing Mullinahone at County Board levels of power.

 Though rooted in the tradition of GAA John was one of the grassroots who fought to open Croke Park to all sports. He was a very proud man when this came to pass in 2007 when Ireland played France there in rugby and John was present there. John was always one to have a colourful phrase or two when it came to describing some event. John celebrated his 80th at a special surprise party in Raheen House, Clonmel, in the company of family and friends on Friday night last.

 

Lotto

The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Christmas Eve. The numbers drawn were 11, 12, 15 & 21. We ha no jackpot winner but four people shared the match 3 prize of €150. Winners were Paul Maher, Patricia Walsh, Derek Walsh and The Kerryman.

There was no draw on New Years Eve so the next draw took place on Monday, January 7th when the jackpot was worth €4,500. Now that is a fine nest egg with which to start 2008.

 

Bin Collection

We must congratulate the bin workers of South Tipperary Co. Council on the efficient way that they carried out collections locally over the Christmas and New Year period. However, there some blots on the horizon.

Some brought along empty bottles to the bottle bank in the car park. The bottles were left in and around the bottle bins where they quickly became unsightly.

Bin collection should now be back to normal after the Christmas/New Year break.

 

 

 

 

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January 2007

As we head into another new year and leap one at that we take a backward look at the local  news of a year ago as seen though the eyes of the Mullinahone Newsletter. We began the year with a reflection “Good company upon the road is the shortest cut”. We recorded the death in Australia of Noel Kelly, late of Bawnabrona. The Chalice programme restarted in the parish among those who were to be confirmed later in the year. Eddie Carey made an appearance with Robert Emmets of London in the All Ireland intermediate club quarter final. The last week of January saw the wedding of Alan Ryan and Narelle Tudderham, Australia recorded. Dancing classes started on Wednesday nights in the Auld House, Killamery. An open day was arranged for Presentation Convent, Ballingarry on February 4th as the first month of 2007 became history.

 

AGM

The AGM in December brought the playing year to a conclusion. Jackie Bolger withdrew his nomination as chairman and John Croke was deemed elected. Best of luck in the job John, who can look forward to full support.

The chairman of the last five years Tommy O Sullivan has given great service to the club. Enjoy your free time Tommy and be proud of the time you given to CJ Kichkams GAA club. Club PRO Jackie Bolger requests that any items of news concerning the club should be sent to him before 12 noon on Sundays. Telephone 086 8341843 or 53183.

 

Draw

The December results of the Community Council draw were as follows: 1 Anne Tobin, 2 Delia Vaughan, 3 Sean Fitzgerald, 4 Brendan O Sullivan, 5 Rose Grant.

The draw took place at the clubs pre-Christmas lunch in the Slievenamon golf club. The committee would like to thank all those who bought tickets and also sold them on their behalf. Club activity will resume in the Spring.

 

Golf

The local golf society had a very enjoyable outing to Mountain View, Ballyhale, on December 15th. Twenty four members took part. The winning team consisted of Ray Cody, Joe Ryan and Fintan Hall. Second prize was won by Peter Ryan , Joe Pollard and Paddy Denny while third prize went to Richie Needham, Ned O Brien and Denis Collins. The society is now looking forward to 2008.

 

 

 

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