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Easter ceremonies in Mullinahone Mar 21th

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Easter ceremonies in Mullinahone


Eater is on top of us submerging with its early coming of St Patrick’s Day. We’ll return to that theme anon but first the order of the events in St Michaels Church during Holy week. They are unlikely to be disturbed as was day two of racing at Cheltenham As we go to Holy Week had already begun with a penitential service on Sunday evening, March 16).

Tonight, spy Wednesday to the old timers!)March 19 at 8pm we will have the mass of the anointing of the sick; tomorrow (Holy Thursday will bring the mass of the anointing of the sick; tomorrow (Holy Thursday) will bring the mass of the last supper, good Friday there will be the usual passion of Christ ceremony and later in the evening later the stations of the cross. On Holy Saturday we have the Virgil mass of the resurrection at 8pm with that eater will be upon us and lent will be over.


Our first communion children 2008 will be all taking part in the mass of the last supper on Holy Thursday night at 8pm. To return of a question of such an early Easter this year. It all depends on the moon. Back in the beginning of lent we had the explanation given to us in the weekly newsletter. We repeat if for the benefit of a wider readership. Easter Sunday, 2008 falls on March 23. The last year that happen was in 1913 and the next time it will occur will be 2160.

Unless there is dramatic developments in medicine will be around to see it. The death and resurrection of Christ took place during the Jewish festival of the Passover. The Christian leaders wished to celebrate their own holy days as a distinct from Judaism. They decided to celebrate the resurrection of Christ on a Sunday and after a Passover. The Georgian calendar (from Pope Gregory XIII, 1572-1585) established the date of Easter Sunday as follows, based on lunar movements.


Easter Sunday as follows based on lunar movements. Easter Sunday was to be the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after March 21st (The vernal equinox). So depending on the moon the, Easter Sunday could be only one day earlier than this year. I wonder when that will be. Does anyone remember the latest Easter, April 20th onwards in recent years. Perhaps it would be advisable to wrap up for Easter this year.


Musical Society

The Sleivenamon musical society had a recent successful with their production of the musical “My Fair lady”. It is now time for the society to take stock. This they will do at their forthcoming AGM. This will take place in Cloneen on Thursday April 3 at 8pm. All are welcome to attend Thursday night week.


St Mary’s cemetery

Much work has been carried out in the old grave yard (St Mary’s) in Drangan over the last two years. Many old gravestones have been reset and some have to be repaired. A booklet is also to be published in the near future out lining the history of this old graveyard, which dates back to the 12th century. This was about the time the first Killaghy was built in Mullinahone.

The about to be published will include a record of all headstones and also a reference map of the graves with an index. Some photographs will also be included as a recent aerial photograph of Drangan village. It came as a surprise to some that so many Mullinahone families had graves in St. Mary’s.

Of course one of the reasons for this could have been that Mullinahone and Drangan was a single parish until 1826 when they divided and Cloneen was added to Drangan parish. Among the Mullinahone families with connections to the grave yard are Landy, Kenny Cummins, O’ Sullivan. Power , Egan , Brett, O Connor, Doheny, Mullally , Gleeson , Rev Thomas Carew CC, Quinnland, Ronan, Scott, Gregg, Gleeson.

I’m sure the list is not fully complete. The publication of the booklet will involve costs of €2,000 euro and donations are invited. All monies raised will go towards publication and any surplus will go towards the ongoing repair work. If you wish to contribute you may contact any of the following: Brendan StJohn 086 8138265, Michael Hall 052 52122; Eamon O’Donovan 052 52120; James Keane 052 52244; James Dunne 087 2114994 or Jimmy Dunne 087 2114994 or Jimmy O Brien MCC, 087 6914648

Any Donations would be much appreciated and ideally should be in as soon as possible.


Another Step

Last week we reported on Ms Kate O Connell and her pupils in Scoil Muire, Kilvemnon. Kat teaches 3rd to Sixth classes in Scoil Mhuire and is very accomplished in the field of IT.


Innovative awards competition sponsored in by Microsoft. A favourable result was rumoured and for once rumour turned out to be fact as Kate won the European Section of the competition. Congratulations to Kate to her pupils, to her school and to those who lent a helping hand.

Kate and the children’s project on (Eaviation’ now goes forward to the world final of the competition.


This will take place in Thailand and competing in it is a wonderful achievement for the pupils of Scoil Muire and their teachers, especially Ms O Connor. It is a long way from the foot of Slievenamon to such places of Thailand. Many local people remember Thailand for the tsunami which struck on St Stephens’s day a number of years ago. Perhaps after Kate visits Thailand we’ll have more pleasant memories of that part of the world. We wish her well in the ultimate competition.

Do Drop Inn

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.



Would you like to learn to play Bridge or to improve your skill at playing the game. Lessons are being planned by the local bridge club. If interested please contact one of the following numbers for further information. Lessons are expected to take place in the Knocknagow community centre. Contact 052 53217; 052 54137 or 086 3821081


Golf Society

The next outing of our local golf society will take place on Easter Monday. There won’t be much travel involved as the venue is Callan golf club. There should be a fine turnout as the Killaghy cup kindly sponsored by the Collin’s family, Kilaghy Castle, will be played. Tee off times are 11 to 12. Please book in early to one of the society officers to be sure of your place and to obtain further information. After an Easter there is nothing like a round of golf to clear the head.


Commemoration mass

Each year for a number of years past a Commemoration Mass for local members of the Old IRA and war of Independence veterans, has been said on Easter Monday. This year as usual the memorial Mass will take place in Westcourt Callan. All are welcome, especially those with an interest in history of the early days of our Sate. Mass is at 7.30


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