2012 will be remembered as a very special year in the history of Killenaule-Moyglass parish with the unveiling in March of the Ballynonty Garden of Remembrance and New Tipperary Rangers monument in Noan. The lavish springtime ceremonies to mark both momentous events are among the many activities featured in the 9th annual Killenaule-Moyglass Journal which will be launched at Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, on Sunday next, December 2 at 3pm.
In keeping with tradition a large crowd is expected to attend the launch of the mammoth publication which is crammed with reports, articles and photographs relating to current events, and activites of yesteryear. The book which makes for an ideal Christmas present will be officially launched by Sadie Heffernan and Martin McGarry of the Ballynonty Garden of Rememberance Committee.
Sadie, Martin, their colleagues on the Garden of Remembrance Committee, and their many friends in the community, received international acclaim when they unveiled the beautiful shrine in memory of those who sadly lost their lives in road accidents in the locality. The brainchild of Sadie Heffernan, the beautiful garden continues to attract thousands of visitors from all over Ireland and abroad, and is deeply appreciated by the families and loved ones of those whose lives were tragically cut short on our roads.
The 2012 Killenaule-Moyglass Journal features extensive coverage of the glorious unveiling ceremony on the Monday of St Patrick’s weekend, and also carries a special tribute to the noble lady herself, nonagenarian Janie Murphy, who performed the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the never to be forgotten occasion. Among the many other well-known local personalities featured in the book are men of many talents, Sean Healy and Patsy Cooney. Remarkably, in the same week as the Ballynonty ceremony the communities in Noan and surrounding districts created their own piece of history when they unveiled the very fitting monument in tribute to the great men and women of New Tipperary Rangers. The Rangers exploits on the GAA fields and athletics tracks are well known throughout the Premier County and much further afield. The lovely unveiling ceremony is recorded in the Journal, and it also pays homage to the life of one of Tipperary’s distinguished hurlers and athletes, the great Johnny Hanly. Johnny had the distinction of leading the parade on the day of the “New Tipperary” ceremony.
Sporting achievements feature prominently in the Journal with the national derby greyhound success of Skywalker Puma for the O’Donnell family recalled, and the historic first ever south senior football victory for Killenaule footballers. What a memorable double conquest for the parish on Saturday September 8!
John Guiton pens articles on Tipperary Munster minor football medal winners, Killenaule’s James Feehan and Greg Henry, Michael Farrell’s well publicised Australian hurling achievements, Paddy Codd’s resolute performances for Tipp in recent seasons against some elite forwards in football, and highlights John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer’s classy displays as Tipperary U/21 hurling captain in 2012.
The Journal rolls back the pages of history to feature some of the Cheltenham feats of Edward O’Grady and his late father, William, and in a series of Ballynonty-related articles it pays tribute to the Spencer and Slattery families for the fame they brought to the area. Staying on the subject of sport of the kings, the noteworthy success of An Saighdiur and its links to Tipperary hurling star Donie O’Connell, are also lauded.
Among the many contributions on local history are “Schoolday Memories” by Sean Watts - he has been a devoted editor of the Journal since its inception - Bridget McCormack, and Maureen Lawlor, while a point to point victory for WP Hanly in Lanespark makes interesting reading.
The 2012 Journal carries reports provided by groups and organisations, such as Moyglass hall, on their activities over the year and also contains school reports on some outstanding achievements. Many families and friends of parishoners who have gone to their eternal reward in 2012 pay their own heartfelt respects to the deceased in the book’s obituary columns.
The editorial team of Sean Watts, Martin O’Connell, Bridget Kenny and Brendan O’Connor have worked unsparingly all year to produce a publication which is the envy of many parishes. The local community are deeply indebted to all associated with the publication for their supreme efforts in producing one of the most comprehensive annual journals on the market this Christmas. The eye-catching graphic design of the book covers and attractive page lay-out bears testimony to the expertise of Brendan O’Connor, formerly of the ‘Tipperary Star,’ who has been the recipient of lavish praise.
Dont forget - launch date, Sunday next, December 2 in Scoil Ruain at 3pm.