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Kickham Weekend in Mullinahone

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Once again, it is almost Kickham Country Weekend time in “the little village”. Preparations are at an advanced stage for the annual cultural and historical weekend which gets underway on Friday August 8th in the local Knocknagow centre. Charles Kickham

This year is the 26th such weekend. It all sprung out of the Centenary celebrations in 1982 held to commemorate the death of Charles J. Kickham a century previously.

 The weekend will be officially opened on Friday August 8th by Liz Howard. Liz is this years’ Tipperary person of the year. Known to many for her previous and high profile role in the GAA, Liz has many connections with Mullinahone. As well as being Tipperary person of the year, Liz is also the Uachtaran or President of the Irish Camogie Association. Her love of hurling is legendary and she was one of the first lady analysts of the game in RTE. I also believe that she may be the first lady to officially open the Kickham Country Weekend. 

The official opening will follow a cheese and wine reception at 7.30pm. An historical lecture will follow at 8.30pm called “John O Mahony: The Fenian in America”. This years 2008 marks the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Brotherhood which was founded in 1858. On Saturday afternoon, a guided bus tour of the Callan area takes place with local historian Joe Kennedy acting as a guide. That night in the Knocknagow centre at 8.30pm “The Munster Fenians” are featured by historian Eva O Cathaoir. 

This years Sunday programme has much more local flavour than usual. The annual Anniversary Mass for Charles Kickham and his first biographer James Maher will be offered in St. Michael’s Church at 11.30am. The celebrant will be the new Bishop of Ossory Bishop Seamus Freeman. Bishop Seamus is an ideal choice as of course he was born in the parish of Mullinahone, even if reared in Coolagh. 

Of course, the late James Maher made the opposite journey from Callan to Mullinahone. Bishop Seamus will also be double jobbing as after Mass, he will give the oration at the laying of wreath on the graves of both Kickham and James Maher. Parishioners are encouraged to attend the 11.30am Mass to welcome Bishop Seamus home. 

Luckily enough from a Tipperary hurling point of view, the Sunday events will take place on the Sunday of the Kilkenny v Cork All Ireland semi-final August 10th. The following Sunday August 17th, it will be Tipp’s semi-final against Waterford in Croke Park. To conclude the weekend, there will be poetry reading in Killaghy Castle walled garden with local poets and guests Leo Cullen author and broadcaster.

Those who favour something a little less tranquil and serene can always tune into the telecast of the Cork and Kilkenny hurling semi-final. As one can see, there is plenty of choice each day for even the most discerning. As we mentioned at the start of the piece, we are starting the second quarter century of the Kickham Country weekend this year.

It’s continuing success over the years is of course due to the continuing hard work over the years of the local Kickham Country weekend committee.




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