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Tipperary Senior Hurling Mullinahone shock Toomevara

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“Clean Ireland Reclycling” Tipperary Senior Hurling

Mullinahone Shock Toomevara

Mullinahone C J Kickhams 2-27 Toomevara 2-14

Back in 2002 Mullinahone caused a huge surprise when they defeated Toomevara by a point in the Tipperary senior hurling semi-final. Toomevara had been the champions for the previous four years and went on to win the next two titles after 2002. In 2004 they would  have won their 7th title in a row were it not for the Mullinahone Kickhams. Apart from 2006 when a late and lucky Paddy O’Brien goal thwarted the Kickhams, Toome have always held the upper hand. When the two clubs were drawn in the same group in the county championship this year many marked down Toome as hot favourites to overcome the South men and the relatively small crowd in Templetuohy on Sun. evening lent credence to that view. Those who did come along were stunned as the game unfolded. No Eoin Kelly in the Mullinahone lineout and the useful Kevin Walzer also an absentee at the throw in. County man Paul Curran was fit enough to line out but the odds seemed stacked against the Kickhams. Rumours told that Toome were on the wane but again the wisdom was that Mullinahone would do well to escape a heavy beating. The thought seems to have extended as far as Mullinahone as the number of Kickhams supporters seemed small in number and far less vocal than the Toomevara contingent when referee Sean Everard threw in the ball on a lovely April evening made for hurling.

Mullinahone shot the first three points in three minutes per Kevin Bolger, Sean Curran and Micheál Dunne but Franny Devaney calmed Toome nerves with two points in the 4th minute. He seemed likely to give Mullinahone centre back Eoin Fennelly a torrid evening but Fennelly rallied and the centre of he and Paul Curran became a no go area for Toome. Kevin Bolger pointed from midfield. Joey McLoughney replied from a free but Sean Curran pointed in eight minutes.The score now stood at Mullinahone 0-06 Toomevara 0-03 with Mullinahone displaying a nice crisp brand of hurling and no signs of an early collapse. Conor O’Meara and Sean Curran exchanged points.  We had a few flare-ups with a couple of yellow cards but Mullinahone emerged unruffled with the backs very sure in gaining possession.  Sean Curran began to cause huge trouble for Toome from the centre forward position and they  began to foul as the speed of Mullinahone’s hurling started to trouble them.  Jack Shelly at full forward was also coming into the game winning possession and then being fouled.  Sean Curran was striking frees in the manner of the absent, Kelly. He was also scoring from play.  Before the end he was to have built up a personal tally of 0-15, back to his best form of a couple of years ago. A Jack Shelly point put Mullinahone 0-09 to 0-04 ahead. Messing in the Mullinahone defence gifted Toome a point which might have resulted in a goal. A minute later McLoughney pointed and his side appeared to have steadied the ship by the 20th minute.  In the last ten minutes of the first half Toome were blitzed by the South lads who hit them for six points with only one in reply.Sean Curran with some help from his brother Alan and Cathal Horan were the chief architects. Half time arrived with the score Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams 0-15. Toomevara 0-07.

Curran pointed a free in the 3rd minute. Toome brought in David Young to try and curb him.  They hit three points to leave the score after 10 minutes Mullinahone 0-16, Toomevara 0-10. Sensing danger, Mullinahone flashed over four points in five minutes. Toome pointed, but they needed a goal.  It was Mullinahone who got one in 17 minutes with the credit going to Micheál Dunne or Cathal Horan. Toome hit back with a goal of their own straight away, but the harm had been done. A neat bout of passing in 18 minutes resulted in a Donal Cody point. Toome replied, but Micheál Dunne answered with a point in 22 minutes. Graham Horan pointed and the roof fell in for Toome in 24 minutes when a mix up in their goal area saw Mullinahone goal again. Within a minute Toome replied with a goal of their own from Joey McLoughney. Jack Shelly pointed from the puck out.  Jack Delaney pointed for Toome.  Sean Curran replied.  Delaney pointed again, but Curran hit back twice more to hammer the final nails into Toome’s coffin. Final score Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams 2-27 Toomevara 2-14.

The final result left many shaking their heads and posing questions.  Have Toome slipped so far? Are Mullinahone as good as they seemed?  In truth, they played good skilful hurling with the team prepared to contest for the ball.  Their defence was sound with midfield playing well in the first half.  Up front, Sean Curran took the honours, but the younger contingent can also take scores. Toome were out of sorts. Their younger contingent lacked the bite of more recent Toome teams.  No doubt, they will improve, but they paid dearly for a tendency to foul. No doubt, with such a shock start, this group also involving Ballingarry and Boherlahan has more surprises to throw up before the group is settled. It would be silly to write off Toome while Ballingarry were always capable of surprising the Kickhams even in Mullinahone’s best days. Boherlahan could yet be the surprise team in the group, but Mullinahone will be happy with a good start.


Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams: Alan Walsh, Niall Curran, Paul Curran, Keith Mullally, Gary Cronin, Eoin Fennelly, Luke Mullally, Kevin Bolger, Alan Curran, Cathal Horan, Sean Curran, Donal Cody, Micheál Dunne, Jack Shelly, Graham Horan.  Sub. Kevin Walzer.

Toomavara: Aiden Cahill, Liam Ryan, Andrew Ryan, Colin Hall, Conor Delaney, Darren Delaney, Luke Ryan, Conor O’Meara, Paddy Grace, John Delaney, Franny Devaney, Joey McLoughney, Jack Delaney, Benny Dunne, Paul Ryan. Sub. David Young.

Referee: Sean Everard (Moyne-Templetouhy)



Mullinahone News Apr.6th

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“March Many Weathers”

March locally lived up to its name of many weathers. Sometimes we even had the four seasons in the one day.In the end 64.2mm of rain fell on 15 of the 31 days. So far this year197mm of rain has fallen since Jan.1st.This compares most favourably with the 396mm which fell in the same period last year but look how that turned out later in the summer. I wonder what the April weather will be like. Will it be a case of “April showers bringing forth May flowers”?

Spring Cleaning

Spring is the season we associate with tidying up and cleaning after the ravages of Winter. The major cleanup in Limerick the other daywith 10000 people taking part led by J P McManus and Irish rugby captain Paul O’Connellwas inspiring. Now I wonder could something similar be be organised locally.Of course we all know that prevention is better than cure. Perhaps local residents can keep their eyes open to identify those who are polluting our countryside or streets near them.How about an antipollution campaign using photos?

Local Lotto Jackpot

The last Local Lotto Jackpot draw took place on March 29th.The numbers drawn wer 2,15,19 and 25.We had no Jackpot winner but two winners shared the match 3 prize of E150. Congrats to Eddie Hickey and Seamus Keating. The next  jackpot draw will be on Apr.13th when the Jackpot could be worth E11,350.

Big Win

Mullinahone got off to a great start in the 2015 Tipperary senior hurling championship in Templetuohy on Sun. evening last when they defeated old rivals Toomevara by 13 points. What a pity there wasn't a bigger crowd of local supporters there to enjoy the win.Definitely the hurling played by the locals was the best for some years and must have pleased manager Adrian O’Sullivan and his selectors Johnny Kennedy and Franny Kelly. Mullinahone started without Eoin Kelly and Kevin Walzer though Kevin was able to come in during the 1st half. It was a case of all contributing though one would have to admit surprise at the recent decline in the Toome team. The other two teams in our group are Ballingarry and Boherlahan and they will play next weekend.The Mullinahone side which which lined out on Sun. evening .Alan Walsh, Niall Curran, Paul Curran, Keith Mullally, Gary Cronin, Eoin Fennelly, Luke Mullally ,Kevin Bolger,Cathal Horan, Sean Curran, Donal Cody, Micheál Dunne, Jack Shelly and Graham Horan.


Mullinahone News March 30th

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Confirmation Administered

The Sacrament of Confirmation to 51 children from the Primary schools of the parish on Thursday last March 26th. The sacrament was conferred by our new Archbishop Dr. Kieran O’Reilly who made a favorable impression on the people of the parish. No doubt, our own church and it’s beautiful decoration thanks to all, especially the two Roses made a favorable impression also on Dr. O’Reilly. The boys and girls were prepared for Confirmation by their teachers in Mullinahone National School, Mr. Cahill and Mr. Butler, Poulacapple N.S. Mrs. Meagher and Kilvemnon N.S. Mr. Horan. Of course, preparation in each of the schools extended to all the teachers and those who work in the schools. The pupils who made up the Confirmation class of 2014 were Mullinahone N.S. Katelyn Britton, Aaron Denny, Marion Gillman, Kayleigh Haycock, Mollie Hicks, Amy Houlihan, Alex Maher, Kyle McNamara, Breffini O’Riordan, Morgan Scott, Corey Shortt, Jane Thompson, Grace Brown, Shay Delaney Scott, Patrick Hayes, Joanne Hickey, Ellen Morris, Katie O’Brien, Eoin, O’Dwyer, Sean O’Dwyer, Josh Rowan, Clodagh Webster, Dylan Webster, James Cody, Colin Kinane, Megan McInerney, Amiee O’Brien, Michaela Scott and Luke Vaughan.  Poulacapple N.S. Jamie Joy, Roisin Foley, Sophie Byrne, David Fleming, Damien Devine, Tia O’Sullivan, Padhraic Foley, Adam O’Sullivan, Joe Kearney, Ciara Fleming, Eve Gibbs, Matthew Hanrahan, Ciara Treacy and Maya Buijs.  Kilvemnon N.S. Diarmuid White, Jaedon Paget, Kaitlin Gough, Conor O’Brien, Louise Cawley, Emily Lawless Green, Stephen Cronin and Eoghan O’Brien. Congratulations to Fr. McGrath and to everybody else concerned with the Big Day.

Commemoration Mass

Each year on Easter Monday evening a special commemoration Mass is said in the Ignatius Rice Chapel in Callan for all those from the Mullinahone area who died during Troubled Times a century or so ago. This year Mass will begin at 7.30pm on Easter Monday evening and all are invited. Troubled times in Ireland generally refers to the decade or so from 1914 to the end of the Civil War. It embraces World War 1, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. Fortunately, these events in our history are now but memories.

Daffodil Day Coffee Morning

A successful Coffee morning took place on Friday morning last, Daffodil Day in the Knocknagow Community Centre. The event in aid of Cancer was organised by the local ladies and was well supported.

Easter Ceremonies

By the time these notes appear, some of the events of Holy Week will already have taken place. On Palm Sunday evening we had our Penitential service in St. Michael’s Church and on Tuesday night we had the Mass of the Sick and Anointing. On this Holy Thursday night we have the Mass of the Lords Supper at 8pm. The Passion of the Lord and Holy Communion takes place on Good Friday at 3pm. While we have Stations of the Cross at 8pm. Good Friday is a day of Fast and Abstinence. On Holy Saturday night at 8pm, we have the Easter Vigil and Mass of the Resurrection.

Tidy Towns

A special meeting will take place in the Community Hall on Tuesday night April 7th. Please come along and support the Tidy Towns effort.

Local Lotto

The local lotto jackpot draw took place on Monday March 23rd. The numbers drawn were 20,22,23 and 25. There were 2 winners of the March 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to May Mullally and Deirdre + Maura. The jackpot remained standing. The next draw will be on Tuesday April 7th when the jackpot could be worth €11,200.

Tractor Run

A tractor run in aid of Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon will be held on Easter Sunday April 5th.  Starting at the school at 2pm. Refreshments and raffle afterwards in T.J. Macs. All welcome.

Serious Business

The local senior hurlers will play their first match in the 2015 Tipperary Championship on Sunday evening next. So far, the squad have prepared well with challenge and Tipperary Cup games. Injuries are a concern. Please lend the team your support.


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