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Kickham Weekend in Mullinahone Aug 02

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Kickham Weekend in Mullinahone

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.

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.

Local Lotto

The local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday July 21st. The jackpot wasn’t won but there was a match 3 winner of the match three prize of €150.

Congratulations to Ciara and Emer Smith.

The winning numbers were 4, 6, 25 and 28.

Next draw will be on Tuesday August 5th because of the bank holiday. The jackpot could be worth €9,050.

However, to win you must first be in.

Parish News

 First Friday August 1st masses at 10am and 8pm.

All are invited to attend the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 10th of August to welcome home parishioner Bishop Seamus Freeman.

Sympathy to Brenda Power, Modeshill on the death of her mother Mary Mullally of Lismolin Castle.

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend

Thursday July 31st 10am anniversary Nicholas Purcell, Fethard Street.

Friday August 1st 8pm anniversary Eddie and Mary Jo Phelan, Kickham Street.

Saturday August 2nd 8pm anniversary Patrick Scott and son James Scott, Jamestown.

Sunday August 3rd 9.30am anniversary Ann Quinn, Ballywalter.

Sunday August 3rd 11.30am anniversary Roger Quirke, Gurteen.


Mullinahone GAA Club

Junior B Football

Our junior footballers played the third round of their championship recently in Marlfield. The omens for Fr. Sheehy’s looked bad from the start as they struggled to field fifteen but to their credit they rounded up enough to start.

Mullinahone had no such problems as they picked from a panel of twenty one. We were out of the blocks from the start and with Noel Leahy in commanding form in midfield there was a good supply of ball to Shane Ahern at full forward who gave a master class in how to distribute ball at full forward.

While not scoring himself he assisted at leas 3-08 or our scores. As the first half progressed all of our forwards go in on the act and with a high work rate yielded some fine scores. The first half scores came from N. Leahy 0-2, I Gahan 0-1, B Tobin 1-01, A Doheny 0-02, D Croke, 0-03, J McGrath, 2-0 to leave the half time score Mullinahone 3-09 to no score.

The second half saw the introduction of subs and they continued on where others left of. Scores from j Maher 0-2, N Leahy 0-01, A Doheny 1-1, D Croke 1-0, L Needham 0-02, R Cahill 0-02 left the full time score Mullinahone 6-14, Fr Sheehy’s 0-1.

The panel used on the night gave their all and showed that competition for places is high. In the backs Sean O Meara, C O Shea, B O Sullivan, N Mullally, J Maher and mark O Brien played well as a unit.

In midfield the evergreen and very fit looking Noel Leahy ran the show with great assistance from Ned Tobin.

The forward line of A Doheny, B Tobin, I Gahan, D Croke, S Ahern and J McGrath worked well together. Subs on the night all played their part J Mockler, L Needham, R Cahill, N Cronin and Danny O Brien.The injured Paul White wasn’t used the team managed by Sean O Meara with selectors Dick Egan and Victor Direen.

Thanks on the night to Noel O Shea and Jackie Bolger who filled in as selectors for this occasion. It would be nice to see more support form the parish for all our teams who take part in championships. Check your local papers for details.

Senior Hurling

Last Sunday saw us exit the championship to Ballingarry. On Occasions like this you search for something positive to say in defeat but unfortunately this game had nothing but gloom written all over it from the start.


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