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February Didn’t Live Up to It’s Name 8th March

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February Didn’t Live Up to It’s Name

February even with its extra day is gone. Locally at least it hasn’t lived up to its name of “February Full Dyke” because the amount of rain which fell was rather small. It must have been an Irish poet who called February “full dyke” because it is only the Irish who can torture and distort the English language.


An English dictionary will tell us that a dyke is built as a division between patches of ground or a barrier to keep water at bay or to separate fields from a roadway. A ditch is the channel between along which water is to flow away or rubbish is to be dumped (in recent times).


 However, we Irish reverse the meaning of the two words.

 Back to the rain or lack of it in February. Only 24.4mm or less than an inch fell on the 29 days. It was one of the driest Februarys since records began to be kept locally in 1980. only in 2005,1998 and 1993 was the February rainfall in the 20mm range. If one is looking for a sign the driest February of all was in 1986 when only 2.7mm of rain fell during the month.


However, later in 1986 in August, “Hurricane Charlie” burst on top of us. Back to February and its tradition of the 29th in a leap year, we didn’t hear of any local young ladies proposing marriage to the men in their lives but maybe some such story will emerge in time.


March 1st should have seen the crows (rooks) beginning their nest building but maybe the high winds of the previous night might have put them off starting. I’m sure that they didn’t start on Sunday as I never heard of crows coming under the Sunday opening rules. For the last worked on “dykes and ditches” we return to the bible “if the blind lead the blind, do they not both fall into the ditch”.


Declan Serves

Some local TV watchers on Sunday morning were able to see Declan Egan of Bawnavrona on television. Declan was to be seen serving Mass which was being televised from Camphill in Kilmoganny. Declan is the son of Dick and Biddy Egan of Bawnavrona and is well known in the local community. Biddy and Dick were also present at the Mass. Declan gave an excellent account of his duties with aplomb. Well done to Declan.


Camogie News

Well done to local hurler Mairead Luttrell of Poulacapple. The weekend before last up in Belfast, Mairead won her second Ashbourne cap (Camogie) for third level colleges medal.

Mairead was on UCD team which won the cup in 2007. Next year, we hope that Mairead will be going for three in a row so well done Mairead.



Would you like to learn to play bridge or even to improve your skill in the game. Lessons for such are now being planned by the local bridge club. If you are interested please contact the following numbers on 052 53207 or 052 54137 or 086 3821081 for further details from any of the numbers. Lessons are proposed to take place in the Knocknagow Community Centre.


Daffodil Day

Daffodil day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society takes place on Friday next March 7th. Flowers, pins and keyrings will be available in local shops on the day. Your support will be appreciated.


From January 2007 to December 2007 81c of every €1.00 raised by the Irish Cancer Society went to improve the lives of cancer patients. Daffodil day money supports the society’s free nationwide nursing and cancer information services.

€3.00 pays for a booklet on understanding cancer. Daffodil day merchandise prices silk daffodil day buttonholes €3.00, lapel pins €3.00, trolley disc keyrings €4.00.

Thank you for supporting Daffodil Day.


Irish Wheelchair Association

The Tipperary branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association would like to thank everybody who gave so generously to the recent church gate collection.

Thanks also to these who helped with the collecting.


Local Lotto Jackpot

The local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday February 25th. There was no jackpot winner but two people shared the match three prize of €150. Congratulations to Paul Houlihan and Kitty Gahan. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 9, 18, 19.

The next draw will be on March 10th when the jackpot would be worth €5,900.

Remember though, to win you must first be in.


First Confession

First confessions for the children in second class in our three parish primary schools took place in St. Michael’s Church on Thursday night last February 28th. Thanks to Sr. Essie Hayes and their three teachers Ms. Mary O Reilly (Mullinahone NS), Ms Yvonne Herrity (Poulacapple NS) and Ms. Jackie Brett (Kilvemnon NS). First confession is recalled by the splendid tapestry in front of the altar in St. Michaels showing the good shepherd and his flock of 26 sheep.


Spring Walk

Now that spring is here more and more people are beginning to walk out from the village. One of the things which they must notice is the condition of the roadsides which abandoned rubbish cartons, bottles, plastic bags, cigarette boxes, fast food boxes etc. are scattered along the roadside with abandon. How so much rubbish gets there is a cause for wonder. Perhaps it is cars going home from the village late at night.


Much worse in certain places things are much worse with bags of household rubbish being dumped into roadside ditches.

Perhaps, clues will be left in some of the bags or the cars will be seen and numbers noted and reported and prosecution will be and abrupt end to this sort of careless dumping. Perhaps also householders might do a bit of regular cleaning up of the roadsides outside their own property.


Now that people are walking out more towards our local graveyard, have we made any progress on a roadside pathway from the village or righter from the entrance to Killaghy Castle to the graveyard in the interest of road safety.



A monthly meeting of C.J. Kickhams GAA Club will take place on Friday night next. At the meeting a number of team managers, selectors, coaches and trainers are due to be ratified.


Our under 21 footballers have advanced to the last eight of the South Tipperary championships. Five teams will play in this year South Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship. They will play a round robin and the top four will qualify for the semi-finals and also the County Championship “A” or “B”. Joining Ballingarry, Swan and Mullinahone will be intermediate side Ballybacon/Grange.


Anniversary Masses

Friday March 7th 8pm Denis Foley, Parkmore and Tony Duggan, Killaghy Street, Anniversary Saturday March 8th 8pm, Jimmy and Annie Howe, Kilvemnon anniversary Sunday March 9th, Hugh Madden, Fethard Street, anniversary.

May they rest in peace.



Under 21B Football

Our under 21 footballers continued their preparations for the championship with a game against Rockwell played in Mullinahone last Sunday. This was their fourth game in the county senior football league. The team is showing great improvement as they progress and the match practice is starting to show.


This was a close contest throughout with Rockwell’s ability to kick points from distance the difference between the teams in the end. Enda McEnery is the captain for the coming year and is certainly leading by example both on the pitch and in training.

Final score, Rockwell Rovers 1 – 11, Mullinahone 1 – 7.


Senior Hurling

Our senior hurlers will start their county league campaign next weekend. See local papers for fixture. Training for all adult players continues on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturday nights.

Membership for all players is now due and should be paid to Tommy O Sullivan.


Juvenile U10 Trip

Manager Declan Mac along with his selectors Pat Fitzgerald, Sean O Reilly and Neil Thompson are bringing their U10 team to play Casltebar in Galway next Sunday. The team and mentors will travel by bus with the game times to start at 11.00.


Following the match the team will go on to see the Tipperary v Galway game. Training for all 8-10 year olds is underway and details can be got from any of the team mentors. Training for 6-8 year olds will start shortly under Paul White and Liam O Brien.


Monthly Meeting

Our monthly meeting will take place next Friday night at 9.00pm. All officers and committee members are asked to attend. For any information on our club or use of our facilities contact Jackie Bolder on 086 8341843.


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