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Any Mullinahone person visiting Thurles could do worse than dropping into Skehan pub on the top corner of liberty square, just above Supermacs. Back in 1882 when Charles J Kickham funeral arrived by train in Thurles from Dublin on its way to Mullinahone it could not be kept over knight in the cathedral.

The coffin was then kept over night ion Skehan public house before being brought to Mullinahone for burial. A Plaque outside Skehan's records the event. On Monday night a portrait of Kickham was unveiled in the pub at a function attended by a very large gathering from all over Tipperary and beyond its boundaries.

A lecture on the IRB of which Kickham was a member was delivered by Seamus Leahy. Many locals will know shamus because of his connection with St Mary’s hurling club in Clonmel. Memorabilia of Kickham has been loaned to the new owner of Skehan’s to be put on display there so that it can be seem by the people interested in Tipperary and Kickham.

Back in 1982 the Kickham centenary committee produced a booklet of Kickham interest called “Knocknagow Remembers”. In this book there is an article by the former Archbishop of Cashel and Emily Dr Thomas Morris. In this article the late Dr Morris gives an explanation for the non admission of Kickhams funeral to the Cathedral. Strange to relate their was reputed to be problems with the admission of Kickhams funeral cortege to Mullinahone graveyard the following day. Perhaps none of these problems would have arisen had mobile phones been available at the time.

 

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