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Under 16 Hurlers Reach County Final Oct 17th

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For the second time in six days our under 16 hurlers are the toast of the parish. On Sunday they defeated Carrick Swan to win the South Tipperary under 16 B hurling title. On Saturday the new south champions travelled to Cashel to take on the west champions Lattin Cullen in the county semi-final.

On a lovely afternoon where we got a flashback to the summer we never had, once again our lads came up trumps. They started slowly but improved steadily as the game progressed. By half time, they had build up a slight lead and a cracking goal from Cathal Horan just after half time gave them the breathing space that they needed. Mullinahones’ hurling was now the equal of Lattins and as the second half went on the Mullinahone lads got better and better.

A third goal and a series of points followed. Meanwhile, at the other end, the defence was miserly in the concession of scores. The final score was Mullinahone 3-13 Lattin Cullen 0-6. While the scoreboard may have been unkind to our west Tipperary opponents, Mullinahone still deserved a clear win. Goalie Richard Walsh made no mistakes and hence the empty goals column. Captain Danny Croke was a clear master at full back and was well supported by his two corners George Browning and Killian Skarka. Considering he was faced by the county under 16 centre forward, our centre back Garry Cronin did very well.

His two wing backs Diarmuid O Halloran and Niall Kennedy made it very hard for Lattin to break through. The lines effectiveness was not lessened when wing back Niall Kennedy had to retire with an injury before the break and he was replaced by bringing back Luck Mullally from the forward line. Our midfield pair worked will together with one coming to the fore as the other eased off. Eoin Fennelly shot some valuable points from the midfield while Jack Shelly kept going like a dynamo, until the final whistle.

Our forwards too, played their parts. Michael Dunne led the line well for awhile and his speed was a thorn in Cullen’s side. The two wingers Cathal Horan and Denis Connolly are very neat hurlers and Horan especially when he moved to full forward was full of scoring menace. Upfront William Croke set Mullinahone on the proper path with a good early goal. Ben Reilly tried had and Kevin Walzer who was brought on as a sub scored some grand points.

Stephen Quirke and Jack McCarthy weren’t on long enough to be rated. It is expected that the final against Borrisoleigh will take place next weekend. The mentors of the team Ky Vaughan, Johnny Kennedy, Eddie McCarthy with help from Kevin Walzer can be proud of the progress so far. It must have been a source of encouragement for the team to see two county senior hurlers among the supporters urging them on.

We wish the team the best of luck in the final against Borrisoleigh


Gun Licences

The shooting season is on its way. However, there is still the little matter of firearms licences. To enable the owners of guns to have these licences in time for the big day, Mullinahone Garda barracks will be open on Monday evening next from 5pm-7.30pm October 20th and on Tuesday next October 21st from 6pm to 8pm.

All firearms certificates must be paid by Tuesday next.


Donal Ryan R.I.P

The most unexpected death took place last month at his residence in Ballydavid of Donal (Donie) Ryan. Donie was in his early seventies and was a well known and popular figure in the community since he came here to farm in the 1960’s from the Callan area.

Prior to going to live in Callan, the Ryan family were natives of Ballynonty. Donie took over the farm in Ballydavid which once belonged to the Kickham family. Over the years since, Donie and his wife Ann expanded this farm. In recent years, Donie suffered a setback to his health but his demise was completely unexpected.

He was a well known figure who discussed the affairs of the parish and world and farming news outside the church gate after last Mass each Sunday. One week he was there, the next conspicuous by his absence. Donie always contributed to the discussions and had his own unique way of putting his point of view.

He was interested in politics being a member of the Fianna Fail party. His remains reposed in the family home at Ballydavid which was visited by large numbers of people to express their sympathy to the family. His remains were then conveyed to St Michael’s Church, Mullinahone. The readings and offerty prayers were carried out by members of Donie’s family and his extended family.

After Mass his remains were brought to Kilbride Cemetery, Callan for burial. Large congregations of mourners were in evidence at the Mass and burial. To Donies wife Ann, to his sons Martin and Matt and to his daughters Annette and Sinead as well as to his extended family, we tender our sympathies on the death of Donie.

We will remember Donie for his unique and personal way of expressing his point of view. May his soul rest in peace. His months mind Mass is on Saturday night next October 18th at 8pm.

Local Lotto

The local lotto jackpot continues to survive. Next week it may be worth €10,650.

Last week the numbers drawn were:

10, 16, 19 & 20

We didn’t have a jackpot winner but five people shared the match 3 prize of €150.

Congratulations to:

Rose Byrne

Francis Webster

T & P Carroll

Myra Hall

Ann Hannigan

Next draw will be on Monday night next October 20th but if you are not in you won’t win.



If it was peace and quiet your were looking for, the village was not the place to be on Saturday night or in the small hours of Sunday morning. Cars roaring around the streets of the village were only part of the problem. The danger to life and limb of people walking home on the footpath cannot be overstated.

The upset caused to many elderly and not so elderly residents should not be tolerated. Early comers to Mass on Sunday morning were greeted by the unwelcome sight of the entrance gates to the church yard smashed down. Across the road in the car park, recycling were destroyed. The damage caused to the church gates could only be caused by a motor vehicle coming from the inside.

This latest outbreak of vandalism was certainly an affront to most of the residents of our parish. This damage could not have been done unknown to residents of the village nor could all the damage have been caused by “strangers” from outside area. As has been stated in other areas, “it is time for people to step up to the plate” and report the numbers and drivers/passengers of such vehicles.

It is also well past time that notice be taken by the authorities of such vandalism. A couple of months of absolute zero tolerance, especially with Halloween and the cover of darkness coming up is called for before tragedy strikes. Over the years, more and more lawlessness has been tolerated. It is past time that people were made responsible for their actions.

God be with the days long ago when young people feared going home without a lamp on their bicycles attracted the attention of the Gardai and cycling on the footpath was a major crime.

Than meeting that we promised regarding anti-social behaviour is long overdue. However actions speak louder than any words.


Forthcoming Publication

Before his death earlier this year, local historian Michael hall was engaged with a local committee on the publication of a booklet on the old graveyard in Drangan. Before his death, Michael supplied me the names of a large number of Mullinahone families who are interred in this old churchyard.

This booklet is now ready for publication and will be launched very appropriately on Sunday November 2nd, following a special Mass in Drangan Church. A small reception will follow the Mass. The publication of this booklet reflects great credit on the committee and is a fitting tribute to the great work over the years of Michael Hall in the field of local history.

Such history is a fascinating field. It is also more than likely the only history in which the ordinary people of every parish are likely to figure. Remember then you are invited to Drangan on Sunday November 2nd.

Parish News

Condolences to the Madden family. Jimmy, Michael, Margaret, Mary Teresa and Hugh on the death of their mother Mary Madden of Fethard Street.

Anniversary Masses Next Weekend

Saturday night October 18th at 8pm

Months mind Donal Ryan, Ballydavid

Saturday night October 18th at 8pm

1st anniversary Pet O Connor, Carrick Street and her son Paul O Connor

Sunday October 19th at 9.30am

Anniversary Billy Dalton, Poulacapple

Sunday October 19th at 11.30am

Anniversary Eileen Scott, Kyleaglanna


Mullinahone A.F.C

Mullinahone soccer club are holding a table quiz in T.J Macs on Friday October 24th. Plenty of prizes and plenty of craic. All are welcome.

The club would like to take this opportunity to thank the people of the parish and beyond it’s boundaries who generously sponsored it’s “Sponsor a Block” campaign, a fundraiser for the new dressing rooms.

The club is extremely grateful. A total of €8,200 was raised. The promised draw will take place at the table quiz. Prizes include dinner for two, lunch for two, weekend breaks etc.


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