LOCAL COUPLE ARE WED:
On October 23rd last, two well known and popular families were united when Joan Comerford and Edward O'Brien were wed in St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone. Joan is the daughter of Jim and Bernadette Comerford of Kilvemnon, while Edward as well as being our local butcher is also the only son of Ned and May O'Brien of Kylenagranagh. The wedding mass was celebrated by Fr. John McGrath P.P., Mullinahone.
The bride had as her maids, her sisters Catherine Noonan and Orla Gallagher. Best man for Edward was his friend Bill Tobin, while another of his friends Richie Cahill was groomsman. Niamh O'Brien was a delightful flower girl while the bride's nephew, Charlie Noonan was page boy. The ushers at the big ceremony were the bride's brothers James Comerford and Cathal Comerford. Reader at the mass were Elaine O'Brien, Eimear O'Meara and Mary O'Brien. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Claire Meagher, Sinead O'Sullivan, Siobhan Doughan, John McGrath, Ami Cahill and Tracey Lonergan. The mothers of both the bride and groom Bernadette Comerford and May O'Brien presented the offertory gifts.
At the end of a lovely ceremony, a suitable reflection was read by Nuala Sheehy. Music at the wedding ceremony was provided by Gillian Scully, while the altar servers were Jack Lyons and Joey Lyons. The whole ceremony in St. Michael's was elevated by the floral displays at the entrance to the church and on the altar. These displays were simply superb.
In these difficult days, it is probably appropriate for us to repeat the words of the reflection used in the wedding ceremony "Let us be grateful for the capacity to see, feel, hear and understand. Let us be especially grateful for the ties of love which bind us together giving dignity, meaning, worth and joy to all our days. This is indeed a day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice in it and be glad and let us count our many blessings.
The emergence of the newly weds from St. Michael's Church was heralded by local John Willie Smythe on his trumpet.
The wedding party with family and friends then enjoyed a reception in Hotel Minella in Clonmel, which was greatly enjoyed.
The wedding and the reception did have an aftermath. The groomsman was captain of the local junior football "B" team which played the county final the following day. Others on the team were also involved in the wedding. All played their hearts out the following day and even the groom came on to try to win the game. He sent the last shot of the game crashing off the crossbar. A goal would have won the county final. What a romantic story that would have been, to pass on to grandchildren, but alas it was not to be. I'm afraid that sometimes the GAA doesn't do romance. Joan and Edward are now back in the community.
We wish them both many many years of happiness together. As a souvenir, you can see the local herald hard at work on his trumpet on Youtube.
For further information regarding same, call into our butcher.
A big thank you from Claire Keating-Fogarty to all who supported the Rita Keating Memorial Table Quiz held in T.J. Mac's recently. €700 was raised on the night for the Cancer Ward of St. Brigid's Hospital in Carrick on Suir. Other donations are still coming in and the figure is rising. Special thanks to Kevin Keating who corrected, Dick Maher who asked the questions and Helen Gale and Eileen Cronin who collected papers etc.
The prizes were won by Anne McGraths team who took 1st prize sponsored by Toss Lonergan and Margaret Scott's team who won 2nd Prize which was sponsored by O'Brien's Butchers.
Thank you to the sponsors and to those who donated prizes for the raffle. Among those were Mari Mina Chemists, Tom Brett, Eddie and Frances Hickey, T.J. Mac's and the Trap, Grangemockler, as well as a great number of friends and family.
Once more, thank you from Claire to everybody and it is never too late to donate to a good cause.
OUR OWN PLACE:
The preparatory lecture in the "Our Own Place" series took place recently in St Michael's N.S. The series which deals with local history and the way history has left it's mark on local things and places will continue on a monthly basis with the next lecture in St. Michael's on Wednesday December 8th at 8.30pm. For some, who were unable to come last time, they can certainly join in on Wednesday December 8th as we delve into the early days of our parish and our people. The series will also have a section dealing with family history.ANOTHER COUNTY TITLE:
Last week in New Inn, St. Michael's N.S. Mullinahone, won their 3rd Tipperary Schools football title. It was also the third football title to come to Mullinahone this year. In the final in foggy New Inn, Mullinahone National School beat Tankerstown National School 5-4 to 3-7 (a close call). The locals were very glad to hear Willy Barrett's final whistle. On the way to the final, Mullinahone overcame Clogheen, Ballinure, Gaelscoil Carrick and Gortnahoe.
On final morning, former pupil Eoin Kelly popped into the classroom to support the team. He spoke of the importance of teamwork and of supporting each other.
The team lined out Baylea Grace, Cathal Cavanagh, Shauna Kennedy, Michael Cody (Capt), Sean Fitzgerald, Eoghan Brett, Colin Shelly, and Conor Croke. Subs were: Stephen Reilly, Oisin McNamara, Jordan Shortt, David Whelan, Jack Lonergan, Michael O'Shea, Eanna Ryan, Dylan St. John, Oisin Drennan and Jordan Denn. Next week we'll have a score by score description of the final. For the moment, congratulations to all concerned.
C.J. KICKHAM'S DINNER DANCE
The Dinner Dance to mark C.J. Kickham's 125 years of existence last week turned out to be a great success. In difficult economic days to bring approximately 250 members into Clonmel's Minella Hotel, was a great achievement and great credit is due to the organising committee.
A feature of the dance was the number of young people who attended. As it was nearly ten years since the club had a similar dance, it was definitely the case of the torch being passed on to a new generation. The crowd was possibly the second largest that ever attended such a Mullinahone function. The largest get together was in Hayes' Hotel, Thurles in 1990, when over 300 attended to celebrate the victories of 1989. Those victories were some of the events recalled on a specially compiled dvd shown on the night. A specially compiled selection of photos was also shown. Among the guests of honour were: Martin Cody, representing South Tipperary Senior Board, Sean Nugent from Tipperary County Board, Sean Kelly M.E.P. and former Uachtaran of C.L.G. and of course, Liam McCarthy. Mr. Kelly and "Liam" did their best to meet and greet as many of those present as possible. Medals were presented to our Under 21 and Junior "B" footballers by Sean Kelly who reminded all present of the long and glorious history of the C.J. Kickham's during the last 125 years since the dawn of the Association.
A special presentation was made by Sean Kelly on behalf of the Club to John Vaughan to mark his and his family's long association with the Mullinahone Club.
The dinner was followed by a dance and then a disco to cater for all tastes. The start of our "Big Freeze" coincided with the dance and the availability of transport (buses) to bring the revellers home was an inspired decision.
After 125 years, we saw a Mullinahone captain lead Tipperary to victory in the All-Ireland hurling final. We saw Eoin and Paul collect both All Star and GPA awards. In fact, our small parish was the only one in the whole country to win two hurling All Star awards.
Our own teams also had a modicum of success at both ends of the age spectrum. In the words of an old song, as regards the club we can say "there's life in the auld dog yet".
Our raffle on the night produced many winners also. A hamper sponsored by Musgrave's cash and carry was won by Mary Martin or Mary Williams as we know her in Mullinahone. Mary and Eric are strong supporters of our club and hurling in general. The second hamper was won by local woman Rose Walzer. Sean Nugent won a 100E voucher from Dunnes stores. A voucher from Corbett building supplies went to Bernie Gahan. Tommy McInerneys bottle of whiskey went to Liam Tobin with Brian Vaughen winning a lamp from E.E.W. Electrical. Dinner for two in Minella went to Vinnie Mac and Joe O'Meara won Membership to the Minella leisure centre. We thank Vinnie Mac for his sponsorship of the second hamper. We thank John and Siobhan Dunne for their transport arrangements on the night who made it their business that everybody got home safely. Above all thanks to all the people who bought tickets and made the night such a success.
The agm takes place this Friday night at 8 pm sharp in the Sports complex. All are welcome.
The enrolment of children who wish to receive First Holy Communion next May will take place at 11.30am Mass on Sunday next December 12th having been postponed last Sunday. The death has taken place in the USA of Mary Treacy of Poulacapple, who emigrated at the age of 16 and never returned to Ireland.
The Month's Mind Mass of Ellen Brett of Poulacapple took place on Saturday night last.
Anniversary Masses next weekend:
Saturday December 11th 8pm Anniversary Lizzie and Jack O'Meara, Jamestown, Mick and Pattie O'Meara, Jamestown and London
Sunday December 12th 9.30am Anniversary Ellen Hickey, Fethard Street
11.30am Anniversary Mick and Sally Scott, Jamestown.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL DRAW
E150 Siobhan Dunne, Briarsfield, E70 Brendan O'Sullivan, Carrick Street, E25 Mary Guiry, Beeverstown, E25 Helen Hawe, Kilvemnon, E25 Patricia Vaughan, Blackthorn Walk.
The last draw took place on Monday November 22nd. The numbers drawn were: (5, 12, 19, 21). There was no jackpot winner but 10 shared the Match 3 prize of E250. Congrats to Paul and Shane, Vicky Maher, Martin Tobin, Tommy Gahan, P.Power, Patrick Houlihan, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Catherine Gunn, Beaty Shelly and Margaret Kennedy.
The last Local Lotto draw in November took place on Monday November 29th. The winning numbers were: (1, 2, 3, 14). No Jackpot winner but Tess McNamara, Mullinoly and Mary Mullins, Elm Park shared the Match 3 Prize of E150. Congratulations to both. Next draw will be on Monday December 13th, when the jackpot could be worth E2,150. To win, you must first be in and you could also win the Christmas Turkey