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Deirdre Forges The Last Link Nov 30

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On Saturday last November 22nd, St. Michael's Church , Mullinahone was bedecked with flowers in a most splendid display. The occasion was the marraige of Deirdre Sheehan of Killaghy. Deirdre is the youngest child and only daughter of Nora and Ricky Sheehan of Killaghy. Her groom in the words of an old song came from "Way up north". He was Ciaran Mullan from Crookstown in County Tryone.

Ciaran is the oldest son of Geraldine and Joe Mullan. The wedding ceremony was performed with the usual aplomb by Fr. John McGrath P.P, Mullinahone. Bridesmaid was Ann Marie Madden a college friend of Deirdre's since both trained as primary teachers in Glasgow. Best man was Joseph Mullan the grooms brother. The wedding group was cpompleted by a loverly flower girl Amy Mullan the grooms niece. Deirdre was given away in the time honoured way by her father Ricky Sheehan. The readers at the Mass were Declan Mullan, brother of the groom and Elizabeth O Gorman, friend of the bride.

Prayers of the faithful were recited by Josephine Nye, friend of the bride and groom. Josephine also acted as Eucharistic Minister later in the ceremony. The oters who recited prayers were Orla Mullan, sister of the groom, Stephan Mullan, brother of the groom, Niall Sheehan, cousin of the bride and Brendan Sheehan , brother of the bride. The offertory gifts were represented by the mothers of the bride and groom. As stated, Fr. John McGrath was the celebrant at Mass while most suitable music and elevating singing was provided by Alison Sweeney. Mass was served by another Alison, local girl Alison Brett.

After the register was signed, the bride was presented not with one copy of a Marriage Certificate, but with six. Each copy belonged to a direct female ancestor of the brides going back almost two hundred years and involving six generations of women. The certificates belonged to Deirdere Sheehan (m 2008), Nora Murphy (mother m 1972), Johanna Moloney (grandmother m 1944), Kate Scott (great grandmother m 1915), Mary Pollard (great great grandmother m 1867) and Hanora Hall (great, great, great grandmother m 1835).

Present at the wedding ceremony was Johanna Moloney now Sheehan who is in her 90th year. She of course is the brides grandmother. As Hanora Hall was married in 1835, she must have been born more than two hundred years ago. It was quite an unbroken line. A reception for families and friends of the bride and groom was held later in Waterford Castle. The newlyweds are spending their honeymoon in Florida where tempetatures are a little higher at the moment than in Mullinahone. On their return, the newly weds will reside in Cois na hAghainn in Mullinahone. We wish both Ciaran and Deirdre many happy years together and we take this opportunity to welcome Ciaran from the land of the red hand to the little village.

In passing one should state that as the wedding party appraoched and left Waterford Castle, they saw the flags of both Tyrone and Tipperary flying side by side. Maybe it was an omen for the GAA future. Deirdre won't have any difficulty in supporting Tyrone whatever about her mother.

Recent Death

The death has taken place in the United States of Mrs. Eileen Statires of Manchester New Hampshire. Eileen was the former Eileen O Connor of 10 Carrick Street.

She had been ill for a number of years even prior to the death of her mother the late Peggy O Connor. Mass will be offered in St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone on Sunday next November 30th, at 11.30am on behalf of the late Eileen O Connor.
May she rest in peace.

Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players

The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players conclude their tour with the Stephen King play "Misery" with a performance in the source theatre, Thurles on Saturday November 29th. Readings for the next production "Juno and the Paycock" will take place on wednesday December 10th. This production is planned for March 2009. If interested, please be there. Further details can be had from 086 0834208.

Set Dancing

If set or Irish dancing is your thing, then this message from Brid O Gorman could be of interest. Set dancing for beginners or two hand Irish dances take place each Friday afternoon from 2pm to 4pm in the Friary complex, Callan.

Admission is only €5. For further information, contact Brid at 056 7755519.

Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.

Parish Notes
Sympathy is extended to the families of the late Jim Noonan, formerly Ballycullen and the late Eileen O Connor, formerly Carrick Street, whose deaths have taken place.

Anniversary Masses

Saturday 29th November
8pm anniversary Nell Hickey, Fethard Street
Sunday 30th November
9.30am anniversary George and Mary Culleton, Templeorum
11.30 memorial mass Eileen O Connor, Carrick Street

Go Local Campaign
This is go local campaign week. It is organised by the IFA, GAA, Local Post Offices, Vintners etc. The core message of this week is the power we still have. Use your facilites and you are less likely to lose them.

"A time to remember" a special Mass will be offered in South Tipperary general hospital on Friday November 28th at 7.30pm (in the education centre) for all who died in the hospital during the past year.

Family members of the deceased are all warmly welcomed. May the souls of the departed rest in peace.

Local Lotto

The last local lotto draw took place on Monday November 17th.
The numbers drawn were:
5, 15, 16, 17

We had no jackpot winner but three people shared the match 3 prize of €150.
Congratulations to:
Tommy Ryan
Brian Egan
Noreen Maher

Next jackpot draw will be on Monday next December 1st when the jackpot could be worth €11,600.
However, to win you must first be in.

Credit Union AGM
The AGM of Mullinahone credit union will take place in the Knochnagow community centre on Wednesday December 3rd at 8pm sharp. Notice of the AGM should be in the hands of members by now. All family members over the age of 16 who are members of the credit union have been invited to attend.

On the economic front, news has been gloomy for some time. However, the news from your credit union in all this gloom and doom is relatively good. Unlike Bank of Ireland, our credit union will be declaring a divident to members. The "credit crunch" has of course impinged on our members but for the credit union member who didn't lose the run of themselves during the reign of the celtic tiger, there is not too much to worry about. Those who borrowed up to the hilt and then topped up may now be faced with problems as borrowed money will have to be repaid.

Managers of financial instituations who lashed out loans during the good times now have a much lower profile and no longer can play the role of Santa Clause. Indeed it is possible that the 2008 version of the said person will be a much leaner and slimmed down version. For further information, do attend your credit union AGM on Wednesday December 3rd.

Good Luck
Having won 3 out of the last 4 south Tipperary under 21 b hurling championships, we hope that our hurlers can go on this time to win the county title. The first step comes this weekend when we play Boherlahan in the county title.

To Sean O Meara and his merrymen, we say "upward and onward". Let our supporters turn out in numbers.

Dick Seeks Office
Since he first began to play for the parish in the late 1950's, early 1960's, Dick Egan had been a loyal member of the Mullinahone football and hurling club. A fine footballer, Dick graduated to play for Tipperary and was still around in 1985 when Mullinahone won a south Tipperary junior hurling title.

Dick became an administrator and was one of the men who directed operations as Mullinahone rose to prominence in the early 1990's. He looked after the less glamourous side (football) of things. In later years, he becme prominent in Bord na nOg circles and served as a very effective chairman of south Tipperary Bord na nOg. He has gone to be vice-chairman of south Tipperary senior board and is this year seeking to become the new chairman of the south Tipperary board.

In the one hundred and one years that the board has existed, no Mullinahone man has held this office. No doubt, all Mullinahone people everywhere would like to see Dick elected. He certainly has the experience and the pedigree.

Good luck Dick in your quest.

Mullinahone GAA Club
Sean Gael Award 2008
At a very well run awards ceremony held recently in Bru Boru, Cashel, Walty Scott received his award for his lifetime of dedication to gaelic games for club and county. Walty was accompanied on the night by his daughter Sally and his grandson Shane. We congratulate you on your well deserved award.

Well Done Rickie
A conferring ceremony held in Thurles, Rickie Sheehan received his Degree in Theology. Congrats Rickie and we now look forward to reading your weekly words of wisdom.

U21 Hurling
Following their success in winning the u 21 b football south and county titles these bunch of players have added the u21 b south hurling title to their winnings. The cup was accepted by joint captains A.J Cronin and John Murphy. They now play Boherlahan in the county semi final next Sunday in Littleton at 2.30.

Check papers for details. To help reward the players for their success this year a car wash will take place in the car park on Saturday, December 6th. Your support will be very much appreciated. The thoughts and prayers of everybody on the panel and in the club are with our team mate Sean Quirke and his family as we all pray for Richie's recovery.

Juvenile GAA Club
Following what was a very successful year for our juvenile club and in particular the success of our u 14 and u 16 teams a table quiz will be held in T.J Macs on Thursday the 4th of December. The proceeds will go towards rewarding these young men for the many hours of entertainment they gave us throughout the year.

Your support would be greatly appreciated. Its also that time of year when our calender will go on sale. Its presently with the printers and this years calender promises to be even better than last year. When you buy this calender you are giving every young person in our parish an opportunity to take part in games in an enjoyable atmosphere.

Club AGM
This years AGM will take place on Friday, 5th December.

Club Sympathy
The death has occured in the USA of Eileen Statires (nee O Connor), formerly of 10 Carrick Street, Mullinahone. To her brothers Timmy, Liam and Pat, former members of our club and her brothers and sisters we offer our prayers.

A memorial Mass will be offered next Sunday in St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone at 11.30am.

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Shouldn't say he had travelled at all."


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