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Paddy Was an Honourable Man Feb 21st

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Paddy Was an Honourable Man

There was a genuine feeling of sadness among the local community when news broke last week of the unexpected death of Paddy Ryan of Kyleadoher. Paddy and his wife Rena had been out and about the previous day. His death took place at his home.

Paddy was within days of his 86th birthday. He and Rena ere due to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of their wedding (sixty years) next August. Their wedding photo which was one of the items displayed to tell the story of Paddy’s life told us of his devotion to family as well as farming. Displayed also was a copy of “Mullinahone Co-Op the first one hundred years”.

Within its pages we can trace the life of Paddy Ryan and farming at Kyleadoher. In the 1960’s, Paddy was elected a member of the committee of Mullinahone Co- Op and was re-elected to a number of terms, Paddy’s father, the late Joe Ryan joined Mullinahone Co-Op in 1927, when the creamery in the village closed. Paddy followed his father into the Co-Op and was a very loyal member.

Paddy was also a member of the Pioneers until very recent years until he began to take an odd glass of wine for medicinal purposes. Paddy then took down his pin though many would argue that he need not have done so and shouldn’t have, however paddy was an honourable man and felt that the pin would to come down. His remains reposed in Brett’s Funeral Home and were then conveyed to St. Michael’s church where they were received by Fr. McGrath P.P who also said Paddy’s funeral Mass on the following day.

Readers at the Mass were Paddy’s son Ray who read as Gaeilge. The offertory gifts were presented by his two grandsons Padraig Ryan and Derek Ryan. Prayers of the faithful were recited by his extended family Sr. Clare (sister in law)  Maureen Ryan (daughter in law) Irene Ryan (daughter) and granddaughters Clodagh Ryan and Ciara Moriarty.

After Mass Paddy was interred in the adjoining Churchyard in the family plot. Large congregations attended the reposal, the removing of the remains and requiem Mass and burial, testament to the esteem in which the late Paddy Ryan was held in the community. Paddy is survived by his wife Rena and his sons Joe Ryan (Kyleadoher), Noel Ryan (Kilkenny) and Ray Ryan (Cork City) as well as daughters Ursula Moriarty (Cork City) and Irene Ryan (Cork City). He is also survived by his sister Kathleen Ryan (Callan) as well as by his grandchildren and the members of his extended family including his in laws. To all we extend our sympathy on the death of man that will always be associated with Kyleadoher.

May the soul of Paddy Ryan rest in peace.

Highest House

After a very successful performance in the Source Arts Centre, Thurles, the previous week, the Fionn MacCumhaill Players returned to their home patch of Cloneen and Fethard on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last. The play in question as a lesser known John B. Keane work “Highest House on the Mountain”. Perhaps this play could best be described as a tragi-comedy with strong adult themes. The eight strong cast performed the three act play brilliantly in Cloneen on Friday night, though regrettably the audience as on the small side.

Happily, Saturday and Sunday nights were much better at the box office. The play deals with the extended Bannon family who live on a farm in the foothills of a mountain. The father Mikey Bannon (a widower) sees his two sons Patrick (an alcoholic) and Connie (a black sheep return to the family home from the city, in England).

Sonny Bannon (Mikeys brother and a bit of an oddball) lives with Mikey though he has his own farm towards the top of the mountain. Sheila Moloney (a neighbours child) is fond of Connie while Julie Bannon is Patrick’s new wife. Two helpful countrymen are played by locals Eddie Duggan and Gerry Dorney when they bring home the injured and drunk Patrick on Christmas Eve. Both discharge their duties well. Patrick (Aidan Clancy) was very convincing in his role of the alcoholic brother. His brother Connie (Noel Clancy) is a nasty piece of work. He has broken the hearts of numerous women in the pas and now dies the same to the somewhat young and innocent Sheila (Holly Williamson). In the end, Sheila (Holly) is left in the lurch.

The remaining trio were my stars of the show. Fiona George as Julie Bannon (Patrick’s wife) is a woman with a past but has a good heart. She came across well. The brothers Mikey (Pat Dunne) and Sonny (Trevor Somers) have their characters developed as the play progresses.

Trevor will be appearing on “Ceart agus Coir” on TG4 next month. Pat Dunne (Mikey) provides most of the comedy in the play from beginning to end. He gave a sterling performance and established great rapport with the audience. There is always more to a play than the cast. In this case, we must refer to the set which definitely transported us in time back to the 1950’s and 1960’s. It placed us well in preformica days. We must congratulate Pat Williamson who brought the whole play together. We wish the extended cast the best of luck when their run comes to an end in the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny on this Wednesday night February 20th. It will be people’s last chance to see an excellent and enjoyably show.


Community Council

A general meeting of Mullinahone Community Council will take place in the Knocknagow Centre, Mullinahone on this Thursday 21st February, 2008 at 8pm.

Each club in the parish is asked to send a representative.

All are welcome.

Local Lotto

The local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday night February 11th. There was no jackpot winner but there were four match 3 winners who shared the match 3 prize of €160. Congratulations to Josephine and David Nye, Kerrie O Connor, Lena Walsh and Gadaffi.

Next draw will be on Friday 25th when the jackpot may have reached €5,600.

However, if you are not in you can’t win.

Weekly Envelope

Help is needed to deliver the weekly envelopes to each home in the parish. Please let us know what road/street you are willing to cover. Tell Martin Tobin in the collection box, leave a note in the sanctuary, phone ect. Vocalise your good intentions.

Parish News

Children in the three primary schools in the parish will make their first confessions in St Michael’s Church at 7pm. Anniversary Masses to hand in St. Michael’s church, next weekend are:

Saturday February 23rd 8pm anniversary, Liam Hogan, Briarsfield

Sunday February 24th 11.30am anniversary Peg and Bill Vaughan, Rocks Road.

The ashes of John Duncan who died in England in his eighties and late of the Bog Road will be burned after 11.30am Mass in St. Michael’s on Sunday next February 24th in the adjoining Churchyard.

First Aid Course

An occupational first aid course which includes paediatric first aid and defibrillation and certified by FETAC at level 5 is to be held. Information and registration evening will be held on Thursday February 28th in the Community Centre at 7.30pm. On the night Kaye Mullaney, back to education co-ordinator, Tipperary South VEC will attend. Please come along if you have any interest.

Lourdes Jubilee Year

If you have an interest in visiting Lourdes to celebrate its 150th anniversary, please contact Fr Thomas Hearne, Bohergar, Brittas, Co. Limerick. Phone 061 35223.


Mullinahone GAA

Senior football league: we played our second game in the county league last Sunday in Mullinahone. With twelve of our U21 team starting it certainly proved good preparation for their U21 championship game against Cahir in two weeks time. These games are about building an U21 team and gaining valuable playing time. What is very encouraging are the numbers attending training and games.

Well done to all concerned. Sunday team: Alan Walsh, M O Brien, J O Meara, N Mulally, A Hall, K Vaughan, S O Brien, A Curran, E Phelan, A Doheny, A.J Cronin, E McEnry, N O Brien, N Tobin & D Cody.


Juvenile AGM

Our agm will take place next Friday night at 8.30 sharp. I hope as many people as possible will turnout to show our appreciation for the people who ran our juvenile club for 2007. So come and bring a friend.


Senior Hurling

A meeting of players intending to play senior hurling for the coming year will take place in the sports field at 7.00 next Saturday night. Talking to new manager Sean Brett its certainly a case of starting with a clean slate and any player who shows the required dedication will be considered. Its Sean’s first venture into senior hurling and we wish him every success for the coming year. Players can also pay their membership on the night if they so wish. Adult members €50. Adult member with gym membership €100. Students €25. With gym €75.


Club Colours

Club jerseys and socks and shorts are currently available in Kelly’s shop, The Square. Geraldine and Teresa provide this service for the club and we are very grateful for it. All sizes are catered for.


GYM Membership

Gym membership is going very well at the moment. If you would like to join contact Jackie Bolger on 086 8341843 or 052 53183. Single €120, couple €170.

If you have any suggestions on improvements in the facility please don’t hesitate to contact me.


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