THANK YOU FROM THE GAMBIA
Local lady Teckie Brett has returned home to Mullinahone having spent some time since the start of 2013 helping on the educational front in West Africa in the Gambia.
Teckie sends a very sincere thank you to the many individuals and organisations who contributed to her recent Gambian appeal. A total of €4,000 was collected and this was spent by Teckie on some excellent projects during her time in Africa. A water (well) was installed in a school for over 500 pupils in the village of Solleti. Up to now parents and pupils had to carry containers of water long distances to the school every day. This cost €700. A water pump was repaired in the village of Bhiam. It had been broken for nine months and the locals were too poor to fix it. Cost was €500. Classroom furniture, blackboards, Sellotape, markers, pens, charts for the teachers in the local schools were also purchased as the teachers and students could not afford them. This accounted for another €2,100. Cotton materials to the tune of nearly €600 were supplied to a SKILLS CENTRE in Serekunda run by Sr. Mary Richardson a Marist nun from Dublin. Those who contributed to the fund can be very assured that every euro that was collected found its way directly to the purpose for which it was intended. This is very welcome news indeed as suspicions seems to hang over so many collections nowadays for the poor in the Third World. Ms Brett also contributed her considerable educational expertise to the education system and teacher training in the area she visited. We congratulate Teckie on her great work.
The C.J.K. newsletter now being published every week is making progress bringing the news of the club to the people of our parish. It contains news of both our adult and juvenile clubs. Well done to PRO Jackie Bolger. This week we hear that our senior hurlers lost narrowly to Rapparees of Wexford in the Mollerans tournament in Carrick-on-Suir. In this game we were, of course, short our county representatives. Our minor footballers play their first game in the championship against Fr. Sheehys on this Wednesday, April 3, in Clonmel Og at 6.30pm.
Good to see fine displays from Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran against Clare on Sunday last.
Good also to hear of Eoin Fennelly (U21) and Michael Dunne (U18) making progress with county hurling panels. Our juveniles will be holding a sponsored walk next Sunday, April 7. All juveniles will have sponsorship cards and your support will be appreciated.
Well done to Enda Keane who was part of the South Tipp squad which won the interdivisional U16 football championship recently.
FIXTURES -Thursday, April 4, at 6.30pm U14B football v Grangemockler. Monday, April8, at 6pm U12 F v Fethard. Monday April 6, at 7pm U16F v Ballingarry.
All these games are at home in Mullinahone so do come along and support.
Our club membership committee in view of the difficult times propose to reduce ordinary club membership to €20 from last years figure of €30.
The recent ”magnificent seven” lined out as follows for Walty Scott, Mick Quirke, Paddy Direen, Mikey Sullivan, Martin Egan, Frank Bradshaw and Walter Cahill. If you have any idea of a Mullinahone player who has played for another county other than Tipp. Please contact Rickie Sheehan or a member of the history committee.
You are informed that our tidy towns committee will lead a parish cleanup on Saturday, April 13. Meet in the GAA car park at 10am. No harm in making a start in your own area in the time leading up to Cleanup Day. Anybody’s help is appreciated.
The Easter break brought a halt to the excellent progress our new community park on the Ballingarry road has been making. An early finish to the good work is anticipated. Thanks from the committee to all who helped with the recent bag-packing.
The main film on RTE 1 this week after the news on Wednesday, April 3, is “Stella Days”. The film was shot in Fethard in 2010. The leading lady in the film is Marcella Plunkett whose mother is the former Catherine (Kay) Sheehan of Ballydavid.