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Strong Acting Tradition

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Strong Acting Tradition

Last week we speculated on how well our Anner Players were prepared for the big stage of the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny. We need not have worried. There is an old saying “cometh the hour, cometh the man” or in the cast of our local troubadours “cometh the men and the women”.

Having been tested the previous in the Knocknagow centre, Mullinahone, by awful weather and the after Christmas malaise it was up to a newer higher level for “Darby’s Castle” and the Anner Players gang on Friday and Saturday night last in the Watergate.

The two houses in the Kilkenny venue took in over six hundred patrons with the balcony having to be opened on the final night to admit excess numbers.

For the third time in a row, local playwright Willie Egan has pulled a rabbit from the hat in the form of an entertaining play. “Darby’s Castle” has now joined “Dreams, Schemes and Miracles” and “The Winter of 6 on the list of plays which have made the grade at the Watergate.

The local Anner Players once again gave good performances on the bigger stage. While it is probably unfair to single out individuals the performance of Eugene O Meara on Friday night in the role of the wayward Paul drew rave reviews. Not far behind was Paddy Hickey, a diamond in the rough. The other trio Padraic Collins, Louis Keating and Kevin Keating also had their moments.

The two ladies Paula Drohan and Marina Boyd both were outstanding with Marina a veteran of the Kilkenny stage displaying all her talent once again. Now she would not have been an easy mother to please. Once again a great artistic triumph for the little village.



The last local lotto draw took place on Monday, January 14th. The winning numbers were 1, 5, 23 & 24. We had no jackpot winners but there were two match three winners who shared the prize of €150.

Congrats to Sarah McManus and Anne Lyons. The next jackpot draw will take place on Monday, January 28th when the top prize could be all of €5,000.


Boards of Management

New Boards of Management have recently been elected to the three primary schools  in the parish.

The old boards had come to the end of their three year terms. Fr. McGrath PP, is chairperson of each of the three boards. The other board members are St Michaels NS, Mullinahone, Principal James Cahill; Vice Principal, Marie Clancy, also Amelia O Halloran, Brigid Fennelly, Sean Walzer & Johnny Kennedy.

Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon, Principal Teckie Brett, Vice Principal, Kate O Connell, also Kathleen Holden Kelly, Monica Birmingham, Mary Dunne, Jim White and Jim Freeman. The board of management in St Oliver Plunkett NS, Poulacapple is completed by Principal Mary Meagher, Vice Principal, Maria Hahessy, Elaine Burke, Ann Foley, Caroline McDonald, John Dunne, Peter Brabazon and David Byrne.

We wish all our members of the local board the best of luck in their important duties. All members of the boards of management of our three schools are invited to the 11.30am Mass on Sunday next, January 27.




Starting School

If you have a child starting school in St Michael’s NS in September 2008, please call to the school for and enrolment form. During office hours which are 9.30am to 1pm, please call to Rose.

After hours up to 3pm call to Marie Clancy, Vice Principal. Telephone number is 052 53304.



It doesn’t happen too often but when it does it certainly causes confusion. I am referring to the ESB being out. When this happens with a warning people are inconvienced even if they are prepared.

One of the benefits of progress was that it as no longer possible to ring the local ESB office to find out how extensive the blackout was or how long it was likely to last.



The following changes will apply to the gym for the coming year. The key that you have been using for access is still in operation. However, a second lock has been fitted for security reasons to the front door. For paid up members this key can be obtained from Jackie Bolger.

Membership is now due and everybody is encouraged to pay as soon as possible to club register Tommy O Sullivan.

Adult players: €50

Adult players with gym membership: €100

Students and minors: €25

General public: €30

OAP’s: €15


High Praise

Talking to a native who was back in Mullinahone for a family event over the weekend brought home to me the importance of local news and local news sources to many of those who left Mullinahone a generation or so ago. This gentleman was fulsome in his praise of the new Mullinahone website and the quality of its local content.

He has also a standing order from another native whom he meets on a regular basis to print off, especially local GAA news. This conversation brings into focus the importance of local news more to those who live away and retain an interest, rather than those who live at home.

The address of the local website is and for those with a keen GAA interest . Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.



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