Lovely First Communion Ceremony - Saturday last was a very special day in the lives of 24 girls and boys in the parish of Mullinahone who received their First Holy Communion in St. Michael’s Church. Mass was celebrated by our Parish Priest, Fr. John McGrath. It may have been dull outside but inside the beautiful floral displays with their First Communion theme lit up the church. A lovely booklet was also prepared for the occasion. The ceremony was well attended by the families of those who were receiving their First Communion, their friends and by parishioners who wished the children well. The occasion was also complemented by the singing of the choir. Great information had gone into the ceremony by the children and their teachers. The parents were also involved especially in the frequent Sunday sessions at Mass during the last number of months. As always Fr. McGrath put his heart and soul into the preparation and the ceremony. At the Mass, Fr. John expressed his gratitude to all who had helped prepare the children for their big day. One had hoped that the day afterwards would be fine but unfortunately the rain arrived during the early afternoon to spoil many plans. The children presented for First Communion came from the three parish primary schools. We offer our congratulations to all 24 as follows: Scoil Mhuire, Kilvemnon, Emily Lawless-Greene, Steven Cronin and Eoghan O’Brien. St. Oliver Plunkett’s School, Poulacapple, Tia Ramon O’Sullivan, Roisin Welland, Sophie Byrne, Roisin Foley, Padraig Foley, James Quigley, Jamie Joy, David Fleming and Joe Kearney. St. Michael’s School, Mullinahone, Katelyn Britton, Marion Gillman, Mollie Hicks, Alex Maher, Breffini O’Riordan, Corey Shortt, Aaron Denny, Kayleigh Haycock, Amy Houlihan, Kyle McNamara, Morgan Scott and Jane Thompson.
Community Council - Three items dominated the well attended Mullinahone Community Council meeting held on Thursday night. Chairperson Sheila Foley presided while Secretary Mary Guiry took notes. The accounts for the last year were presented by Michael Larkin who told the meeting that while expenditure was somewhat move than income there was nothing to worry about. No IMF or EU central bank loans will have to be drawn down. The importance of the monthly draw to the council was stressed and tributes were paid to Rita Curran who looks after the draw. An appeal was made to more members of the community to support the draw. The untidy and unsafe condition of places in the village was raised and the emergence of a tidy towns committee was welcomed. The Council promised to support the efforts of the Tidy Towns committee and hoped that even more villagers would become involved. The Council has sought planning permission to erect a childrens playground at the present tennis court. This most useful amenity will incorporate a tennis cum basketball court and also a mini park area devoted to senior members of the local community. The new playground is to be looked after by its own committee and these will be fundraising shortly.
Golf Society - Mullinahone’s Golf Society results from their recent outing to Cahir, 1st P. Mulrooney, 2nd M. Hickey, 3rd T. Phelan also on the winners rostrum, P. Denny and T. Lonergan.
Don Mescall Concert - Support would be greatly appreciated by the Abhainn Ri Festival committee, Callan for their fundraising concert in the Friary Hall on Saturday night next, 28th May at 8 p.m. The many acts include Starlight Stage Productions, Noelle Morrissey, Magician Nevin Cody, Rachel and Emma Runswick with many more guests not forgetting star of the show Don Mescall topping the bill. A good night’s entertainment is guaranteed, admission is 10 euro. Further information on facebook Abhainn Ri Festival.
Ladies Football - Sunday last wasn’t a great day for Tipperary football but that hardly mattered to two local young ladies who lined out in Fitzgerald Stadium Killarney on the Tipperary Primary Schoolgirls team. Shauna Kennedy, Fenane (Mullinahone N.S.) and Valentine Kavanagh, Ballylanigan (Poulacapple N.S.) lined out in Killarney with the Tipperary Primary Schools in a half time Primary Schools game against the Kerry Primary Schools, well done girls.
History in Crocanoir - Crocanoir in Ballycullen is making quite a name for itself as a holiday home for returning emigrants. A restored historic building run by John and Monika Bermingham, the restored house is itself full of local history. Its peace and tranquillity also appeals to those returning or even visiting Mullinahone for the first time. On Wednesday night last Crocanoir played host to a group of in excess of two dozen people interested in local history. The “Our Own Place” series of lectures which ran on a monthly basis during the Winter and Spring came to an end with the final summary lecture dealing with the history of our parish during the 700 years 1200 - 1900. Much during that period was examined but so rich is the area in history that much had to be left out. Omitted were such items as the ancient monastic parishes of Isertkieran, Modeshill and Kilvemnon, Mullinahone in Famine times, Charles C.J. Kickham and the ownership of land and farms in Mullinahone not to mention education in Mullinahone. The history of the whole 20th century involving the 125 years of C.J. Kickhams G.A.A. club, Mullinahone Co-op. since 1893, local government i.e. the County Council influence since 1898, the War of Independence and its aftermath, the parish until the 1960’s, Mullinahone Credit Union 1978 onwards. All of these topics provide plenty of material for study in a future series of lectures. Of course all of these matters are comprehensively dealt with in Mick Larkins “Mullinahone Heritage and History” and also the late Denis Foleys “History of Mullinahone Co-Op.” Both of these publications are great reference works.
Parish News - May devotions will continue in St. Michael’s Church next Sunday evening, May 29th at 7 p.m. Devotions consist of Rosary and Benediction. The rosary continues to be said each week evening Monday to Friday at the Grotto on the Callan Road at 7 p.m.
U/10’s Progress - On Saturday, 14th May our U/10’s travelled to Rockwell to take part in a football blitz consisting of 3 matches. The overcame Rockwell in their first game but lost narrowly to Bansha in their second game. In their third game they went in at half-time behind by 2 scores to none. However the players kept their heads and again dominated in the 2nd half. They eventually won by 7 scores to 3. This leaves the U/10’s with an impressive record of winning 6 games our of 7. Many thanks to Declan McNamara for stepping in at the last minute and mentoring the team. Thanks also to the parents who made the trip. The U/10 panel is made up of C. Brett, E. Cody, S. Kavanagh, J. Lonergan, D. O’Brien, H. Carroll, N. O’Dwyer, M. O’Shea, E. Ryan, M. Thompson, C. White, M. Gillman, D. Gunn, A. Houlihan, K. McCarthy, N. Ahmed, E. O’Brien and A. Crowe. Training each Tuesday from
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.