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Mullinahone Schools go completely green Jun 26th

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There are three primary schools in the parish of Mullinahone. Now each of them is allowed to fly the green flag. Schools that have done special projects in improving the environment and who promote an awareness of keeping the environment clean and green are allowed to fly a special green flag. 

Last year, Mullinahone national school won this privilege and this year they are joined by the tow other local primary schools, Poulacapple and Kilvemnon. This is an unique achievement by the local parish as not many parishes can boast that all their schools are flying the green flag.

On Monday morning last the green flag was raised in the schools playgrounds by the new Bishop of Ossory Seamus Freeman.

Bishop Seamus is a native of the parish of Mullinahone. He was born there and his parents went to school in Kilvemnon national school. As a baby, Bishop Seamus and his family moved to Coolagh which is only down the road form Poulacapple national school.

As he raided the flag at the school gate, with the road behind him, he told the assembled crowd how he used to cycle along that road as a boy from Coolagh to see his grandparents in Ballywalter. Of course, he used to stop in the shop then at the sweep of Poulacapple to buy sweets. 

The flag was raised in Kilvemnon national school on Monday evening by the Uachtaran of C.L.G, Nicky Brennan. Nicky’s wife is the former Mairead O Connor who taught for a number of years in Mullinahone. Mairead is a friend of Kilvemnon national school Principal Jackie Brett. The raising of the flag in Kilvemnon School was preceded by a graduation ceremony for the girls and boys in sixth class who are leaving primary school this year.

 The pupils in our primary schools and their teachers deserve our congratulations on the work that they are doing and the green values that they are instilling. We ourselves would to well to learn form their example.

Some weeks ago all the roads leading out of our village got a great cleanup courtesy of the FAS workers. In the interim, some of the roads have been kept tidy but others have slipped back towards their old sloppy ways. Of course, keeping the environment clean and tidy is a job for everyone and the principal of zero tolerance should apply to those whose laziness and carelessness help to litter the countryside.

A new bin has been provided for the collection of used clothing in the vicinity of the tennis courts.  This clothing is to be used for the benefit of I.S.P.C.C. Please use the facility but not as a dumping ground. 

Our congratulations to the local authority staff who keep the bottle banks in the Church car park in order. Hopefully we can all move forward neater and green with our three green schools. 

Local Lotto Jackpot

The last draw took place on Monday June 16th.

The jackpot numbers drawn were:

2, 6, 12, 15

We didn’t have a jackpot winner but seven lucky people shared the match 3 prize of €175.

Our congratulations to:

Alice Burke

Thomas English

Eddie Hickey

Bridget Forristal

Pat Brennan

Ray Dunne

Patrick Houlihan

The next draw will be on June 30th when the jackpot could be €8,300.

However to win, you must first be in.

Backing a Winner

At the recent Glanbia sponsored race evening in Powerstown Park, Mullinahone was well represented. Providing some of the entertainment for race patrons was local man Michael Scott with his bouncy castles.

Attracting the crowds on his trumpet was well known race goer John Willie Smyth. There were no reports of horses bolting. 

Underage GAA

Under 10’s

These played an exciting challenge with John Lockes of Callan last week. At the weekend, there was to be a blitz involving Carrick Davins, Ballybacon/ Grange and Moyle Rovers. However, weather prevented a finish so the teams will have to go again. 

Under 12’s

These had a narrow loss to St. Pats. Training on Mondays at 7pm. 

Under 14’s

Busiest team on the previous weekend with three challenge games. Training on Mondays and Thursdays at 7pm and on Saturdays at 10am 

Ladies Football

Our junior Mullinahone / Slievenamon side have succeeded in getting to the league final after a great win in the replay against Boherlahan. The replay between Mullinahone/ Slievenamon and Boherlahan took place in Killenaule last month on 20th of May. 

It was obvious from the start that both teams were hungry for the win and it was going to be a battle of wits to the end. The first goal for the team came when the ball slipped through the Boherlahan goalkeeper’s fingers complements of Rebecca Meagher. Mairead Comerford delivered an excellent goal and the Mullinahone/ Slievenamon scores reflected a stronger side at half time. 

However, the team went back in with the right attitude of its not over until the final whistle blows. The scores at half time were Mullinahone/ Slievenamon 2-3, Boherlahan 0-4. 

The Boherlahan side put up a good fight and came close, keeping the team on their tiptoes. Boherlahan scored three goals in the second half illustrating they were not going to give up without a fight. Both teams performed a lively and exciting game for their spectators. 

Eileen Brennan scored the final sneaky goal for the team and Rebecca Meagher had a terrific game scoring a total of 1-4 for the team. Fortunately, our team came out on top, with a score of 3-13to Boherlahan 3-5.

The team togged out on the day included: Nicky Higgins, Aimee Maloney, Alison Fennelly, Majella Regan, Rebecca Meagher, Ailish Langton, Joanne Cody, Gillian Collins, Aoife Fogarty, Roisin O Meara, Jenny Meagher (captain), Mika Bordoul, Anita Walsh, Eileen Brennan, Mairead Comerford, Aishling O Brien, Gillian Fogarty, Caroline Meagher, Kathleen Lonergan, Patricia Lonergan and Brid Costello.
Congratulations to all the team and the best of luck in the final, which takes place next Sunday and all support would be gratefully appreciated.

Mullinahone GAA Club

Junior B Hurling

Our junior hurlers played their first game of the championship against Ballybacon last Thursday in Ned Hall Park. Our junior team has a mix of the young and the experienced and has a strong emphasis on enjoying their hurling. It’s great to see twenty four of a panel available for games. 

Mullinahone started strongly and went into an early lead. With a good supply of ball to the forwards they were availing of their many scoring opportunities. The half time score read 2-12 to Ballybacon 1-6. The second half saw Mullinahone add some fine scores with some great team work and saw a very committed performance from all the panel used. 

The full time score read Mullinahone 3-20, Ballybacon 1-6. The score did not reflect the efforts of Ballybacon throughout the game as the team work of Mullinahone on the night proved to the difference. 

The panel on the night was: A Walsh, C Hogan, S. O Meara, A. Lonergan, N O Shea, Ed O Brien (Capt.) D Croke, J Maher, N O Brien, N Cronin, J Maher, M O Brien, M Hicks, M Luttrell, A Doheny, T McNamara, N Mullally, C O Shea, R Cahill.

Senior Hurling

Our seniors played their second game of the championship against Killenaule last Saturday in Fethard. With Killenaule missing players with injury this was an opportunity to add two more points to our league table. Killenaule led the scoring in the first half and little separated the teams at half time.

Mullinahone got the dream start in the second half with Pat Croke gaoling twice to open up a five point lead. You’d expect us to drive on and win but it was Killenaule who upped the tempo to win by a point. Mullinahone now go into next weekend looking for a win against Swans who seem to be getting stronger as the championship progresses. 

As for ourselves we certainly need to up a gear to maintain our interest in the current championship. We certainly have the quality and I have no doubt when these players are asked they will respond. Best of luck lads on Sunday. 

Golf Classic
Our golf classic will take place at Slievenamon golf club on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of July. Teams of three €150 including a meal. Sponsor a tee box or green for €50. Book your tee time now with Toss Lonergan on 052 53334 or Joe Pollard on 087 6639426. Your support is greatly appreciated.

With such an extensive fixture list available at the moment please check your local papers for times and venues. The coming weeks sees us play minor b football, junior b football, senior football, senior hurling and junior b hurling.



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