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GAA to celebrate 125 years

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This year 2009, the GAA celebrates 125 years of existence. Next Sunday week, May 10th, has been designated La na gClub by the Croke Park authorities. This is to be a day when the paramount importance of the local Club will take precedence over all Championship fixtures and events. Club Officials all over the country have been requested to organise local events which will show the modern GAA in a positive light in every one of the GAA’s parishes all over the country. Since it’s inception in Hayes Hotel, Thurles, 125 years ago, the GAA through it’s Clubs has always been a bulwark of both parish pride and nationalism. It has been a cornerstone on which many parishes have been built.

In the absence of a local Club history, it is no harm to reflect on the GAA in Mullinahone in 25 year segments. The Mullinahone Club was founded in 1885 within a year of the birth of the association. The original Club was built around the “Ballycullen Footballers”, a group of locals who in the early days, spent hours playing football in the townland. They may indeed have spent time discussing tactics also around the Five Eye Bridge. Some of the players may have played with the Poulacapple Club which existed for a few years in the early days of the 20th Century. A number of these may have lined out with Grangemockler in what was their Golden age. When Cloneen won the County Senior Football Title in 1908, two of the members of the team were Paddy and Ned Egan of Poulacapple.

The second 25 years from 1909 to 1934 was the Golden Age of Mullinahone football. Originally organised by Frank O’Brien, at least four County Senior titles were won and possibly a fifth in 1916. Mullinahone players began to represent the County and the Mullinahone colour which was red (the colour of the British Empire) was replaced by “the Green above the red”, as the fight for freedom swept across the country. Mullinahone played a huge part in this struggle and also in the events of Bloody Sunday 1920.

The third era 1935 - 1959 was dominated by World War Two and emigration of the 1950’s. The strange game of hurling briefly flared up in 1940 while a Mullinahone 7 was the dominant force in seven aside tournaments during the 1940’s. No County Football title was won and emigration caused the Club to fade from Senior ranks. Mick Cahill won a cork Senior Football Medal with Lees in 1952 but who won an Ulster Senior Football Medal with Cavan in the 1940’s?

The 25 years 1959 - 1960 saw the games struggle on. In 1962, we won our first County Juvenile Football Title. It could have gone the way in the boardroom of the one won in 1956, but it didn’t. In 1966, we lost the 1965 Intermediate County Football Final to Newport, but in 1973, we won a County Junior Football Title. That team may not have been great footballers, but it gave us more club administrators than any previous bunch of players. Another hurling spark flared in 1979.

GAA April 16th

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U21 Presentation night
Our U21 double champions were presented with their medals at a function in the Stack of Barley recently. They were also presented with gear bags and polo shirts to mark their achievement. Guests of honour on the night were Dick Egan,South board chairman and Kilkenny All-Ireland winning captain and James Stephens clubman Jackie Tyrell. Dick Egan complimented the players on their historic win and urged them to go on and represent the club long into the future at South and county level. Jackie Tyrell reminded us all how important our club is to us and how priviledged we are to play with those we've grown up with. After the presentations everybody was treated to fine food by the ladies in our club for which we are all very grateful. A raffle was also held on the night for the Richard Quirke rehabilitation fund. A committee has been set up to support Ritchie in his illness and also to aid his recovery. Everybody on the night can be proud of their contribution. A total of j500 was handed over to the fund chairperson Bridget Forristal who expressed the committee's delight and thanks for the amount collected. There will be more events through-out the coming weeks.

Tipperary Football Team
Our county footballers hve grabbed the headlines recently with their promotion and commitment on the playing field. Two local players have played their part. Alan Curran is a member of the present squad and his brother Niall has been a regular with Tipperary footballers in recent years. Niall is presently recovering from a serious knee injury and thankfully is back in training with club and county. Congrats to both Alan and Niall.Jack played a big part when called into action scoring two goals and by all accounts unlucky for a third. Best of luck also to Jack Shelly who in the coming weeks will be trying to win a third All-Ireland boxing title.

Club Day
As part of the GAA's 125 year celebrations May 10th has been set aside as national club day. It is intended to run events on this day to mark our club's contribution to the GAA. We hope that all families associated with the club past and present will take part. A full list of events will be published shortly.

Ladies Football Club
The ladies club will hold their presentation night in the sports hall next Saturday night at 7-00. Everybody is welcome.

Hard luck to our club members who were part of the South Tipp. U16 hurling team who represented us in the Munster championship. Three players, Eoin Fennelly, Cathal Horan and Gary Cronin and selector Martin Cody did our club proud. Jack McCarthy represented us on the South U15 football team.


Club scene.

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We are delighted to learn that Mullinahone Co-Op will be our sponsors for the coming year.

We are indeed very greatful to the Co-Op for their support over the years and it is with great

pride that we use their name on our jerseys. We sincerely thank the committee for their

continued support.

With our senior hurlers and U21 hurlers in action shortly it has been agreed at our

adjourned agm that no player will be selected unless he is fully paid up. Adult players €50.

Students €25. Senior citizens €15 Public members €30.

We still have to appoint a senior football manager and a manager for minor hurling and football. If anybody is interested in any of these positions please contact any club officer.

Juvenile Club.
Most of our teams are now in training. For information on training times contact your

relevant team manager or Secretary. Eddie McCarthy. Next weekend we will break new

ground when our U16 team will travel north to play games over the weekend. On Saturday

they will receive coaching from the Derry senior football manager and will return home on the Sunday.


Nationalist Awards.

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There was great delight in the club this week with Paul Curran awarded the player of the year accolade. Paul is a very valued and admired player in our club and his commitment to his club both at senior and juvenile level has made him a very popular and worthy winner. It also a very proud moment for his parents Albert and Rita, his brothers Niall,Alan and Sean and his sister Sarah who are all very active in our club. Paul will receive his award at a gala night in Hotel Minella this Saturday night. Tickets at a cost of €50 each which includes a four course meal and a live band are available through the South Board . Newly elected Chairman Dick Egan will help you with any questions you may have regarding the awards. A great night is expected by all.

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