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Lucky, But Are Now in County Final Dec 6th

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There is an old saying that "is better to be lucky than rich". On Sunday afternoon last, in an icy Littleton, our under 21 hurlers used up more than a fair share of the cats nine lives when they just got the better of Boherlahan in the county hurling semi final. The victory margin was a single point 1-9 to 0-11. 

At half time, we led by four points and a point just after the restart put us five clear. It looked good at that stage, but then we went into a decline and Boherlahan came back point by point and eventually drew level. We edged in front again but the mid champions again drew level and looked the more likely to hit the front as the final whistle loomed. However, it was ourselves who got the lead point and were still holding it as the referee blew the long whistle after a shortened period of added time.

The most frustrating aspect of the game for our supporters was the fact that every one of Boherlanns scores in the second half came from frees. This was not the referees fault. Many of the frees came because our lads came in from behind tackling with the hurley. The offence was compounded by a number of players questioning the referee's decisions and having the ball brought forward into much easier scoring range.

Like the old song goes "When will they ever learn?" We were clearly the better hurlers in the first half, but in the second half, we surrendered almost totally at midfield and in the half forward line. Our win owes a huge amount to the spine of the defence, especially Ned Tobin at centre back, who scored three great points and captain A.J Cronin who led by example at full back clearing all before him. Both defenders as well as attending to their own duties had to cover for others in the defence.

Up front, we never got going as we can. Kevin Walzer won a fair amount of possessions at centre forward, while in that position. He took his goal well but was brilliantly set up by Eddie Phelan who did all the hard work to win the ball and give it to Walzer. It was not a day for touch hurling. Conditions decreed that you got to the ball first, made sure of possession and then played it on to the next line of attack or player in a position to score.

It was no day or ground for trying to play exhibition hurling. In fairness to our lads, they did raise their game in the final five minutes. They are now in the county final which will be played the weekend after next. Next weekend, the north champions will play Cappawhite in the other semi final. Having won 3 out of the last 4 south Tipperary titles in this grade, a county title is within our grasp.

Earlier this year, we won the under 21 b football title, a double would be nice, just like in 1988. We have the ability but all our big guns will have to deliver on the final day. Good luck to all. To win any title you need a little bid of luck. We have had our luck. Let us now make the best of it.

Hickeys Have Papers

When Kelly's shop on the square closed its doors last month, one of the big questions asked was "who will do the papers now?" The question can now be answered. Daily, weekend and Sunday newspapers can now be obtained at Hickey's just across from the church. From a facilities point of view, it is handy that papers can now be obtained at both end of the village i.e. Hickeys in Kickham Street and Lonergans in Carrick Street.

Keep our Local Shops

A notice in this week’s parish newsletter states "shop local and keep our local shops alive - keep our post office busy and it will stay.


Local Lotto

The local lotto jackpot has not yet been won. The last draw took place on Monday November 24th. There was no jackpot winner but we had eight match 3 winners who shared €200.

Numbers drawn were:

9, 11, 20 & 28

Congrats to:

Kathleen Freaney

Annie Hickey

Darragh Walsh

Liam Tobin

Granny & Oisin

Josie Duggan

Michael J Tobin

Lee Browning

Next draw will be on December 8th, when the jackpot could be worth €11,750.

However, to win you must be first in.

Juvenile GAA Quiz

A table quiz in aid of Mullinahone juvenile GAA club will take place in T.J Macs on Thursday night December 4th. See local posters.

Samaritans Purse

A big thank you to all who supported this year’s shoe box appeal. In total 340 boxes, which will be delivered to countries in Eastern Europe in time for Christmas. Extra special thanks to the children and staff of Mullinahone National School with the help of Mary O Reilly and Rosaleen Walzer, to Poulacapple National School and Principal Mary Meagher, to Kilvemnon National School and Kate O Connell and to Callan CBS and their teacher Deirdre O Halloran.

Thanks also to Mullinahone Co-Op staff through Ann Needham and Mary Hogan and Mullinahone Post Office and Louise Croke. Thanks to all who helped in any way to make this year such a huge success.

Once again, the local co-ordinator Kathleen Holden Kelly joined forces with Marie Clancy, Ballingarry and jointly 575 Show boxes were collected. Thanks to Marie for her guidance and help. The project was once again a credit to the little village. Your generosity will be appreciated in a special way by very special children.

This thank you comes to a general public and all those who helped out from Kathleen Holden Kelly, buiochas.

Table Quiz Thank You

Thank you too from Claire Fogarty who organised last weeks table quiz in T.J Macs in memory of her late mother Rita Keating and in aid of the cancer ward in St. Bridget’s hospital in Carrick on Suir. A sum of €1,000 was raised. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Included among the many were those who took part, those who helped out on the night, and those who donated prizes or donated to the fund.

In short, "buiochas" to everybody too numerous to mention. This event now seems set to be an annual event.

Host Families Needed

Five hose families are needed for the month of February 2009 in Mullinahone for German students volunteering for PAWS Animal Rescue. Families will accommodates two students aged 14-16 years and one family to accommodate their teacher.

Top rates paid. Contact Susan Phelan of EIL Ireland on 052 21352.


Calendars for Sale

Mullinahone juvenile GAA who this year won two south Tipperary underage hurling titles will have 2009 calendars on sale shortly.


Gratitude is the memory of the heart.

First Holy Communion

Saturday March 23rd is the date for First Holy Communion in the parish in 2009.

No date for Confirmation as yet.

Parish News

The Christmas Penitential Service will take place in St. Michael's Church on the Sunday evening before Christmas December 21st.

Masses Next Weekend

Saturday December 6th

8pm Anniversary, members of the Woods family, Clonlahy

Sunday December 7th

9.30am Memorial Mass for Jim Noonan, late of Ballycullen who died recently in England.

Sunday December 7th

11.30am Anniversary John and Kitty O Meara, Finane.

May they all rest in peace.

Mullinahone GAA Club

U 21 B Hurling

Having recently won the county u 21 b football this group of players continue on their way to try and achieve the double this year. They took a major step in that direction by beating Boherlahan in the county semi final in a very cold Littleton on Sunday last. Mullinahone were making the early running scoring two early points and with Kevin Walzer adding a goal finished the half on a high.

Boherlahan were not going to let this game to easy and they through every time at Mullinahone in the second half. However, we held out to put us in the county final. The team on the day gave a good account of themselves and credit must go to them for digging deep when they had to. The forwards and midfield fought hard all through for possession with the backs, led by a superb Ned Tobin at centre back gave a great defensive display.

They look forward to the county final on December 14th and we can only wish them well on their journey. Well done all on the day.

You can show your appreciation for this team by supporting their car wash on next Saturday in the car park.

Club Development

You may have noticed in recent weeks that the club car park and entrance has received a much needed face lift. Tarmac has been laid at a cost of €30,000. We received a council grant of €20,000 with the remaining €10,000 being borrowed.

As you can see apart from the running costs of all our teams throughout the year there are ongoing maintenance and development costs. These costs are totally dependant on the generosity of our supporters at fundraising events.

There are also new gates erected at the entrance. These gates were generously made and fitted by Tommy O Sullivan and Michael Scott at no cost to the club. This was a wonderful gesture for which the club is very grateful.

Dates for Your Diary

The juvenile club will hold a table quiz next Thursday night in T.J Macs at 9.00. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

U 21 b hurler and footballers will hold a car wash next Saturday in the car park.

Senior club monthly meeting will be held next Friday night at 9.00pm in the sports complex.

Our AGM will take place on December 14tg in the sports complex. Nomination forms to be returned at Friday night’s monthly meeting.

We wish Dick Egan every success as he bids to be the first Gael from our club to be elected south senior board chairman.


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