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A Day of Dreams

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Today, Monday September 6th, is not a day for writing weekly notes in Mullinahone. Since approximately 5.05pm yesterday afternoon, our Parish has been en fete and those who haven’t been en fete are dazed with Tipp’s win over Kilkenny in the All Ireland hurling final. Back in the 1960’s, such wins were commonplace, but the last 45 or so years have taught us some bitter lessons. Our only All Ireland wins have come in 1971, 1989, 1991 and 2001. The first of those wins saw us in the role of supporters only, but from 1989 onwards, we were part of the action or rather our players were.

First came John Leahy and then Brian O’Meara to be followed by Paul Kelly, Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran. Yesterday’s win was very special for Mullinahone and all border villages such as Gortnahoe, Ballingarry and the town of Carrick, who along with Mullinahone share borders with County Kilkenny. In beating Kilkenny, possibly the greatest hurling team ever to cross our playing fields, Tipperary’s hurling men well and truly derailed the famous drive for five. While we hoped for the desired result, only a brave few were confident, but in the famous words “cometh the hour, cometh the man” or in this case, the men.

This was a special victory for Mullinahone as for the first time, a Mullinahone man was Captain of an All Ireland winning Tipperary hurling team. This was something that only prophets or the very foolish could have foreseen 25 years ago when Mullinahone GAA celebrated it’s Centenary and Eoin Kelly was a mere three years old. Eoin led on Sunday by example. He scored 0 - 7, all from frees (seven hits from seven attempts). This brings his scoring total for Tipp in 49 Championship games to 17 - 325 (376 points). He is Tipp’s and Munster’s top scorer in the Championship of all time. The Parish was extremely proud of the dignified Eoin and the wonderful speech he made after the game, accepting the “Liam McCarthy” on behalf of the people of Tipperary. All are looking forward to Eoin bringing the Cup home to his own place on Tuesday evening.

He is the first man from South Tipperary to Captain an All Ireland winning hurling team. An honour indeed. No wonder his old school was visited by the R.T.E. cameras on Monday. Eoin himself spoke feelingly of the team and Mullinahone has even more reason to be proud. At full back on the team was Paul Curran. Paul just missed out on an All Ireland medal in 2001. Sunday was his day to come in from the cold. All the year since transferred there in the debacle of Cork, Paul has been terrific at full back for Tipp. Of him too, the Parish is extremely proud. Those with sharp vision, would have seen a member of the extended Tipp panel carrying hurleys and water for the team. An early season injury to Paul Kelly probably cost Mullinahone and Paul another man on the winning Tipp team on Sunday. Today is a day for dreaming and not for notes. Well done to all our hurling heroes.

They have helped to stave off the hurling threat for the moment on our eastern front.




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