JOHN WAS A BIG MAN
The death took place at his home in Beaverstown on January 27th of John Guiry. John was in his 94th year at the time of his death. He had been in good health until shortly before his death. John had come to Mullinahone in the early 1940s almost 70 years ago. John was a larger than life character in many ways, even the physical. John is remembered as a lorry driver and haulier in his early days driving his truck in the beet campaigns of the war years and also driving for the County Council. He married local girl Cathy O’Connor who died when their daughter Mary was a baby. John later married another local girl Marie O’Brien who only passed away five years ago, also in January. By now John had entered into the second career of his life in Mullinahone i.e. that of shopkeeper on the Square. My abiding memory of that John Guiry is that he was a generous man when it came to cutting ice cream.
In the 1960s, John and Marie and their family moved out of the shop and up the Drangan Road to what is now Noel Guiry’s home and farm. John farmed away but unlike many of his generation, he also had time for other things in his life. He loved a game of cards though he never became a member of the bridge circuit.
He was also interested in horse racing and he also loved taking family trips to the seaside at Tramore and relaxing on the pier gazing out over the Atlantic. The items of memory displayed at his funeral by his grandchildren Emer, Kevin, Cormac and Eva, told the story of his life so well. A wedding photo of Marie and himself spoke of family. A milk container was a reminder of farming and we also had a racing form book and a pack of cards. John was waked in the family home which was visited by large numbers. The remains were removed to St. Michael’s Church and after his funeral mass the following day, he was interred in the adjoining churchyard. John’s funeral obsequies were attended to by Fr. John McGrath P.P. The readers at the funeral mass were Keith Guiry (grandson), Pauline Burns (daughter) and Jane Carey (grand daughter). The prayers of the faithful were recited by John’s grandchildren Orla Magee, Shauna Carey, John Burns, Hilary Guiry and Eoin Magee. The offertory gifts were presented by John’s daughters Mary, Evelyn, Patricia, Pauline and Marie. At the conclusion of the mass, Marie paid a most moving tribute to her father on behalf of the whole family. Music at the funeral mass was supplied by Kevin Hickey while John McCormack gave a lovely rendition of Slievenamon as the funeral cortege left St. Michael’s. On the previous evening at mass when the remains were received into the church, the local choir also sang.
John was the last of his own family who came from St. Johnstown in the Parish of Moyglass. Indeed it could be said that he was one of the last of his own particular generation who are now very definitely thin on the ground.
John was interred in the churchyard adjoining St. Michael’s Church. His reposal, removal, funeral mass and burial were attended by large congregations. Looking down from above, this undoubtedly would have pleased John who was interested in such things. His month’s mind mass will take place in Mullinahone Church on the coming Saturday night February 26th at 8pm.
Our sympathy is extended to John’s family Marie Heffernan, Drangan, John Guiry, Modeshill, Pauline Burns, Callan, Noel Guiry, Beaverstown, Patricia Carey, Callan, Evelyn Magee, Dublin, Liam Guiry, New York, USA and Mary Walker, Crawley, England. We also extend sympathy to John’s extended family and friends. May the soul of John Guiry, a big man in every way, rest in peace.
The Valentine’s Day Local Lotto Draw took place on Monday night last. The numbers drawn were: (11,20,26,28). We didn’t have a jackpot winner but, the Match 3 prize of €150 went to Tony Moran. Congrats Tony. The next draw will take place on February 28th when the Jackpot could be worth €1,850. However, if you want to win, you must first be in. For only €1.50 it must be worth the gamble.
UNDER 21S ADVANCE
Well done to our Under 21 Footballers and their management team of Declan McNamara, Michael Lonergan and John Leahy. On Saturday last in Kilsheelan, they had a good win over Clonmel Og to qualify for the Hall Alarms Under 21 Football Semi-final. In the end, they defeated Clonmel Og by 2=15 to 1-6 (12 points), but with 12 minutes to go, we were only five points in front having been well on top up to then. We weren’t converting our pressure etc. into scores and Clonmel were beginning to come back at us as some of our stars appeared to be running out of steam. The team definitely has ability but in the semi-final on Saturday next in Monroe, we will have to up our game against Fethard. The throw in is fixed for 3.30pm. our record against Fethard in football over the years is not good but we hope that we can improve it on Saturday next. We’ll need all our players to be in top form. On Saturday last, we were the better team, but took a long time to prove it. Some of the players who starred against St. Pat’s the first day were definitely off form last week, but others raised their game. Hopefully all will hit form together on Saturday next. The Club would like to see a bigger turnout of supporters on Saturday next as this is a Semi-final and support could help to spur the lads into the final. Muileann na hUamhan Abu.
A Cake Sale to raise funds to send two student volunteers to Lourdes (Teresa Dunne and Chloe Butler from Scoil Ruain) with the IHCPT (a group which brings young people with special needs to Lourdes for a week) will take place in the GAA Hall in Mullinahone on Friday morning next at 9.30am. Tea and coffee will be served. Face painting and a raffle will also take place. All are welcome and please support. As Friday next is Voting Day, we offer the following programme:
1. Go to St. Michael’s National School and if on the register, vote (one good cause).
2. Having voted, cross over to the GAA Centre and enjoy tea/coffee and buy a cake to celebrate the election results (second good cause). In these recessionary times one journey, two good causes. How is that for saving in the public service.
Scoil Mhuire Kilvemnon would like to thank all those who supported their recent table quiz. Many thanks to all the sponsors, parents, pupils, T.J. and Nicola McInerney and Quizmaster Aonghus O’Domhnaill. Your support is greatly appreciated. Go raibh mile maith agaibh.
You are invited to join Computer Classes for beginners at St. MIchael’s National School this term. Immediate booking is advisable. Classes will be held on Monday mornings. The VEC will sponsor the tutor so these classes will be FREE. If you have two hours to spare on Monday mornings (9.30am-11.30am) and would like to get to know your fellow parents while improving your computer skills, this is your oportunity. Dates of the course: Monday February 28th, March 7th, March 14th, March 21st, March 28th and final class April 4th.
The first 16 applicants will be notified to attend the February/March classes. Should you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact Rose at 052 9153304.
ST. MICHAEL’S NATIONAL SCHOOL
If you have a child starting in St. MIchael’s National School in September 2011, please call to the school for an enrolment form. Office hours 9.30am to 1pm. After these hours, please contact Mrs. Clancy in the Resource Room.
Sympathy to the Kennedy Family, Poulacapple on the death of Tom Kennedy at the age of 99.
Anniversary Masses this weekend
Saturday February 26th 8pm Month’s Mind John Guiry, Beaverstown, Also Anniversary Jimmy and Annie Hawe, Kilvemnon.
Sunday February 27th 9.30am Anniversary Michael White, Clonleahy 11.30am Anniversary Laurence and Ellen O’Shea, Kilvemnon.
In aid of the Lourdes Pilgrimage Fund on Thursday February 24th at 8pm in GAA Complex Mullinahone. Entry €10. Demonstration of preparing and cooking of three course recession bursting meal. Recipe cards included, all food will be raffled on the night. Demonstration is by Michael Walsh.
OUR OWN PLACE
The next lecture in the “Our Own Place” series will be given in St. Michael’s National School Mulinahone on Wednesday night March 2nd next at 8.30pm. Having dealt with the 1798 Rebellion in the Mullinahone area, the next lecture will deal with Mullinahone becoming an independent parish in 1826, and also the arrival of the Great Famine in the area 1845-1847 while the central theme of Knocknagow, the struggle for a lease will also be explored. See all on Wednesday night next March 2nd in St. Michael’s National School.