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Mick Retires As Magazine Editor after 26 Years

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Mick Retires As Magazine Editor after 26 Years


Since it first appeared in 1982 to give a published account of the Kickham Centenary celebrations of that year the Mullinahone magazine has appeared each year to bring the news of Mullinahone to parishioners near and far. The 25th edition of the magazine was published in the rum up to Christmas 2007.


For all of that time Michael Larkin has acted as editor of the publication.

In the early days of the parish magazine Mick was helped by a number of people, most notably John Costello and Michael White, now both sadly deceased. While Michael and John were both natives of Mullinahone, Mick Larkin is a native of Galway.


Mick first came to Mullinahone in the 1950’s and soon blended into the local landscape in more ways than one. It was probably to the benefit of Mullinahone magazine that its editor in chief should be and outsider. When it came to publishing, Mick was always able to separate the wheat from the chaff.


Since the deaths of both John Costello and Michael White the burden of the magazine on Mick has grown enormously. Our two locals were great collectors of information while Mick who has a historical bent is more inclined to see things that are documented. In more recent years Sheila Foley gave great encouragement in Mick in keeping the magazine going.


The only year that the Mullinahone magazine did not come out was in 2002, the year that Mick Larkin published his splendid history of the local area, Mullinahone: It’s Heritage and History. At recent meeting of Mullinahone community council it was announced that Mick Larkin is to step down as editor of the magazine. Many tributes were paid to Mick on his wonderful work over a quarter of a century.


The search now begins for a successor; almost a generation has passed since Mick first picked up the editor’s pen. The time has come to find an editor or group a generation younger than Mick to continue the valuable work of the last twenty five years.



The last local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday night, March 3rd.

The numbers drawn were 4, 5, 16 & 17. We had no jackpot winner but three entrants shared the match 3 prize of €150.

Our congratulations to:

 Eileen O Meara

Sean & Albert Curran

Helen Carey.

Next draw will be on Monday night, March 10th, when the jackpot will be €5,900.


Starting School

A short note from Mary Meagher, principal of Poulacapple NS to the effect that parents wishing to enrol their children in Poulacapple in September 2008 should call to or contact the school.

Tel: 052 53436


Community Council Draw

The results of the February Community Council draw are as follows:

€150: Walty Scott, Kyleaglanna

€70: Carmel Smith, Windgap

€25: Dr. John Gilman, Mullinahone

€25: Kelly Bros, Boherboy

€20: Frances Hearne, Limerick


Well Done Kate

This week we salute Ms Kate O Connell and the pupils of Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon. Kate teaches 3rd and 6th classes in Kilvemnon Ns.


As a result of an Irish competition Kate was chosen to represent Ireland in the IT innovative awards sponsored by Microsoft. This competition was held in Zagreb in Croatia and a very favourable result is rumoured. A win in Zagreb would see Kate and the children’s project representing Kilvemnon, Tipperary, Ireland and Europe in the world final.


The school is indebted to all who helped out with the project. Among those included are local pilot (and instructor) Vincent Vaughan, the Board of Management of the school, parents, grandparents and school staff who assisted the children with their project. A special word of congratulations to Kilvemnon school principal Teckie Brett, who gave huge encouragement to the project.

Perhaps the story is not yet over.


Golf Society

The next outing of the local Mullinahone golf society will take place on Easter Monday. The venue for the outing will be Callan golf club. It is proposed to play for the Killaghy Cup, kindly sponsored by Pat and Marie Collins of Killaghy Castle.

A big turnout is expected so intending competitors are requested to book in early with the committee.

Tee off times are 11 to 12 as stated on Easter Monday.

Be prepared. Book in early.


First Aid Course

Registration for the first aid course took place in the community centre on February 28th. The course will last for approximately 12 weeks. The venue will be the Knocknagow Community Centre and sessions will take place weekly on Thursday nights at 7pm. 2/3 places remain on the course so if you are interested you might be lucky and get a place if you contact Kaye Mullaney, Adult Education Services, Clonmel at 052 26269.

Our thanks to Kathleen Holden Kelly who was instrumental in having the course set up.



Our senior hurlers had their first competitive outing of 2008 on Saturday afternoon last in Boherlahan 2-14 to Mullinahone 1-11. The game was the opening one of the county senior hurling league.

We were short both Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran, because of the Tipp v Galway league game and a number of other regulars, so a very experimental side took the field.

The team lined out the following:Seanie Foxe, Stephen O Brien, AJ Cronin, Shane O Brien, Edwin O Meara, Ned Tobin, James Connolly, Eddie Carey, Philip O Shea, Brian O Meara, Alan Curran, Aidan Maher, Pat Croke, Michael Luttrell, Kevin Walzer.

Subs used: Donal Cody, Joseph O Meara and Alan Walsh.

Four of those who played on Saturday last had played major parts in the county finals of 2002.

With a management team and selectors now in place it is hoped that there will be a steady improvement in the displays of our senior team with at least some new talent making its mark.


On the football front the draw was made over the weekend for the quarter finals of the South Tipp U-21 B football championship. We have been drawn to play our neighbours and old rivals Ballingarry. This game has been fixed for Fethard on Saturday next.


Over the last number of years at minor level, games between Mullinahone and Ballingarry have been very delicately balanced with little between the sides. Saturday’s clash should not be much different so we hope for the best.

In the first round we defeated Cahir. They have battled their way back into the quarter finals through the losers group. Our best wishes to Sean O Meara and his men on Saturday.Congrats to Olivia and Sean on the birth of their baby boy over the weekend.


The under 10’s had a most enjoyable outing to Galway over the weekend taking in the Tipp v Galway hurling game.

The loudest cheer of the afternoon must have come from our lads over the equalising point against the storm in injury time.


Eileen a Winner

Congrats to local sportswoman Eileen Brennan. Eileen is a daughter of Breda and Pat Brennan, Ballylanigan. Like our under 10s Eileen’s hurling hero is Eoin Kelly and Eileen followed  in Eoin’s footsteps when she won an All Ireland Camogie medal on Saturday. Eileen was part of the St Bridid’s College, Callan team which won the All Ireland colleges senior title in Monroe. Well done Eileen.


Penitential Service

Holy week starts on Sunday next, March 16th. The Holy week ceremonies in St Michael’s Church could be said to begin with a Penitential Service on Sunday evening at 7pm. A special St Patrick’s Mass will be said in St Michael’s Church on this Saturday at 11am.


Under 21 Football

The footballers continued their preparations for the championship with a challenge against Gortnahoe last Saturday. The final score was Mullinahone 0-9 to Gortnahoe 1-6. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday.


Late Tom Cahill

Everyone in Mullinahone club was saddened to learn of the untimely death of Tom Cahill. The Cahill family are long associated with the club’s history. Many of Tom’s team mates recount the wonderful footballer he was. To his wife and family and his many relations we extend our deep sympathy.


Drangan Cemetery

It will be of interest to readers of these notes that many Mullinahone people have over the years been interred in St Mary’s graveyard, Drangan. A group of people have been very busy over the two summers cleaning, restoring, re-erecting headstones and recording all people buried in this old graveyard.

This group intend to publish a booklet in the near future with map index of all graves and other articles relating to this 12th century graveyard. The cost of producing this booklet together with ongoing restoration work will cost in excess of €2,000. If you wish to contribute to this worthy cause, please contact Brendan St John on 086 8138265, Ml Hall 052 52122, Tom Noonan, 052 52120, James Keane 052 52244, Eamon O Donovan 052 52289, James Dunne 087 2114994 or Jimmy O Brien MCC 087 6914648.



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