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Great Weekend in Mullinahone Aug 13th

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Great Weekend in Mullinahone

Last weekend the Kickham Country weekend took place in Mullinahone. In spite of inclement weather, it was one of the best in a big number of years.

Highlight of the weekend was the return to the parish of his birth of Seamus Freeman, the newly appointed Bishop of Ossory. Bishop Seamus offered a Mass of thanksgiving in St Michael’s church for his elevation to Episcopal ranks.

The Mass was also the anniversary Mass for Charles J. Kickham and his biographer James Maher. The Mass was celebrated by Bishop Freeman, Fr McGrath PP and Fr Thomas Aherne, a native of Mullinahone who had returned for the day and was also responsible for the diocesan choir, which sang during Mass.

Speaking at Mass in St. Michael’s Church, which was full, the bishop spoke on the need for vocations. Afterwards as part of the Kickham weekend Bishop Freeman gave the oration at Kickhams grave.

2008 is the 150th anniversary of the foundation of the Fenians and both history lectures on Friday and Saturday nights dealt with this topic. The Kickham bus tour this year embraced the Callan area, taking in the new memorial erected to James Hoban, the architect who designed the White House in Washington.

Unfortunately the open air poetry reading in Killaghy Castle had to be moved indoors due to heavy rain. In true theatrical tradition, the show went on with broadcaster Leo Cullen as guest poet.

The weekend was launched on Friday evening by 2008 Tipperary person of the year Liz Howard. Liz is especially known all over Ireland for her work in the GAA, especially hurling, or at the present time, camogie. Everybody, including another bishop, Dr Dermot Clifford, was welcomed to Mullinahone by chairman of the Kickham Country weekend committee, Billy Gardiner.

Mullinahone owes a great dept to all the members of this committee who down through the years since 1983 have made Mullinahone the arts and culture capital of Tipperary, at least for the second weekend each August.

Road to Croker

Television cameras were in Mullinahone on Wednesday last to film local footage for the programme The Road to Croker. They will return on Wednesday night next to film the programme itself in the school hall of St Michael’s N.S. Production of the programme from Mullinahone is by a film company called “Loose Horse”.

The programme will be seen on RTE on Thursday night, with a repeat the following night. Items expected to be aired on the one hour programme are previews of the Tipperary v WaterfordDublin v Tyrone football game. hurling semi final and the

It is important to note that this “Loose Horse” programme is being broadcast from Mullinahone and is not about Mullinahone. However, viewers can watch out for some local faces.


The local lotto draw took place on August 5th. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 7, 16 & 26.

We didn’t have a jackpot winner, but Aine Brett, Ger Hogan and Diane Griffin shared the match 3 prize of €150. Next draw will be on August 18th when the jackpot could be worth €9,350.

Joe Boland

The death took place recently of Michael Joe Boland or Joe Boland as he was known. Joe was a member of the Boland family who farmed at Ballyvoneen. He lived there with his brothers Tom and John, following the deaths of their parents Ned and Maggie Boland.

The parents came to Ballyvoneen form Moyglass. Joe and his brothers attended school in Mullinahone. Joe was 76 years of age. He was confined to St Patrick’s Hospital for the past five years, where he died. He was a very private person and was devoted to farming. His relaxation consisted playing the violin.

At his funeral Mass a piece of the violin was played in his memory. His remains were brought to St Michael’s Church from St Patrick’s for his funeral Mass which was celebrated by Fr John McGrath PP.

The white pall was placed on Joe’s coffin by his cousins Michael Cahill and Ned Cahill. The readers were Mary O Mahony (Cahill) and Helen Cahill. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Miriam Dore, Rita Seymour and Lily O Neill. The offerty gifts were presented by Joe’s cousins, Kathleen Barry and May Dore. After the funeral Mass Joe’s remains were interred in the family plot in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy.

To his brothers Tom and John we extend our condolences on the loss of their brother. Our regrets also the his extended family and friends.

Silver Wedding

Last weekend a silver wedding anniversary was celebrated by John McCormack, formerly of Killaghy, and his wife Catherine. John and Catherine now live in Kilkennybeg. They began their celebrations with a special Mass.

At the Mass, one of the gifts offered was a wedding congratulations card to John and Catherine from the Mullinahone GAA club. In it John was advised to return quickly for the upcoming match. In the 25 years since, I’m sure that John who was a loyal servant returned for many matches. A celebratory meal followed in the Slievenamon Golf Club.


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