AN HOUR TO REFLECT
Many of us of an older generation remember the practice in our youth of “the holy hour”. This was an hour spent in church by people in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. It was a peaceful time of reflection and prayer. Perhaps it wasn’t as necessary then as now as the pace of life fifty years ago was considerably slower than it is now. “Times change and we change with them.” Most of us younger people of the time didn’t appreciate “those holy hours”. The word “boring” wasn’t in vogue then, but I’m sure that it applied. In our own way, we too were rebels against old ways, but were much less open about our opposition. The “holy hour” melted away and by the early 1980s, it was gone, consigned to the dustbin of forgotten things. In the United States where new ideas often seemed to come from or indeed old ideas dressed up in new clothes, the “holy hour” began to make a comeback, with the foundation of the Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharist Adoration. The practice and the apostolate made its way back to Ireland in the 1990s. It didn’t make much noise while the Celtic Tiger roamed and roared around Ireland, but it remained more or less as background music while the country went into a speed wobble. Well the bubble burst and people once again had time to think. Now the Eucharistic Congress is on its way to Ireland and people even in Mullinahone are preparing. Reflection is once again on the menu. Television gives us plenty of analysis, but little time to reflect on what is analysed. On the sportsfields of the country, games are analysed ad infinitum, but how often are the results of the stats and the analysis reflected upon? Recently, the apostolate of Perpetual Eucharist Adoration has come to Mullinahone. Invitations have been issued to the community to join the movement. On Saturday and Sunday last at all masses, Mrs. Mary Harrington spoke to the congregations about the apostolate and setting it up formally in Mullinahone. Invitations to join were issued to all and a number of volunteers signed up. A meeting to set up the Apostolate will take place in St. Michael’s Church on Tuesday night. Again, Mary Harrington who hails from Upperchurch, will speak before handing on the torch to the people of Mullinahone. It is planned that adoration will take place on Thursday’s from 11am to 10pm when the Blessed Sacrament will be displayed. The idea of people being committed to their special hour is that the Blessed Sacrament will never be alone in the church. People will come to pray, to read or indeed to reflect. Wasn’t this why the monks of ancient Ireland, 1500 years ago went off into the lonely valleys and woods to talk to their God and to reflect. A number of local people would love to join, but cannot commit themselves for various reasons to a rigid timetable. They too would be very welcome. The idea of the timetable is that the Blessed Sacrament is never left with an empty church. At a time when reflection is so badly needed this is an opportunity for the parish to prepare in a special way for the coming Eucharistic Congress.
The East Africa Famine appeal collection held at all masses last weekend was a great success and most generously subscribed to. The sum raised was €5,170. A sincere thank you to all.
The last Local Lotto Draw took place on Monday July 25. The numbers drawn were (7,10,12,22). There was no jackpot winner, but we did have one winner of the match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Fiona Crotty. The next draw will take place on Monday next August 8, when the jackpot could be worth €5,300. If you want to win it, first be in it.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL DRAW
The new Community Council draw for 2011/2012 is now beginning again. This draw is for the upkeep of the Mullinahone Community Centre and also Community Insurance Premiums. Membership is €20 for the year. There is a monthly draw with five cash prizes ranging from €150 to €20. Your support is both needed and appreciated.
The large number of local supporters who travelled to Cloneen on Tuesday evening last to support our minor hurlers were well pleased with their first half display. However, the standard fell in the second half whether due to lack of fitness or loss of concentration. The comfortable win has put Mullinahone in the semi-finals but much more difficult games are ahead as the panel prepares for the knockout stages. Next outing is this Wednesday evening against Kilsheelan in Cloneen at 7.30pm. Support is again appreciated.
Our next monthly Sunday morning Market will take place in Mullinahone GAA Car Park on Sunday morning week August 14. An unusual treat for Kickham Country visitors.
KICKHAM COUNTRY WEEKEND EVENTS:
MULLINAHONE, CO. TIPPERARY
AUGUST 12, 13, AND 14 2011.
Friday August 12,
7.30pm Cheese and Wine Reception: Official Opening by Dr. Dermot Clifford (Archbishop of Cashel and Emly)
8.30pm Lecture – “Knocknagow Transformed – the Impact of Creameries on the Homes of Tipperary” (Proinnsias Breathnach, Ph.D.) €10
Saturday August 13, .
1.30pm Guided Bus Tour: A historical tour of Slieveardagh from New Birmingham to Kilcooley Abbey. (Richard Clutterbuck and Dr. William Nolan) €15
8.30pm Lecture – “A Struggle for Land – the Family of Sean Treacy – a Very Irish Tragedy”. (Denis G. Marnane Ph.D.) €10
Sunday August 14,
11.30am Anniversary Mass for C.J. Kickham and James Maher – Followed by Oration and Laying of Wreaths by Dr. Caitrions Clutterbuck.
3.00pm Poetry Reading and Music – Guest Poet, Carmel Cummins-Inistioge €5.
C.J. KICKHAM’S GOLF CLASSIC
Our annual Golf Classic will take place on Saturday August 20 in Callan Golf Club. Teams of 4 this year are €180. This includes a meal. This is a one day event and an opportunity to support your club and our two county senior hurling heroes, Eoin and Paul, in this vital fund raising event for 2011. You can book a tee-time by contacting Michael Walsh at Callan Golf Club or through Club Secretary Eddie McCarthy. This in only a one-day event, so book your tee time early. More info to follow.
Mary Harrington (Upperchurch) spoke at all masses last weekend concerning adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. A huge thank you to all who helped contribute €5,170 to the East Africa Famine Appeal collection.
Congrats and best wishes to Majella Power, Modeshill and Cathal Harte, Waterford who were married recently.
Anniversaries next weekend
Saturday August 6 8pm Month’s mind – Mary Kenny, Ballydonnell
Saturday August 6 8pm Anniversary Billy Cantwell, Kickham Street
Sunday August 7 9.30am Anniversary Michael Walsh, Carrick Road
Next Sunday August 7 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock. Details Joe O’Gorman at 052 9153118.
Our minor hurlers are keeping the flag flying for the moment. Having won all their games convincingly to date tougher games lay ahead. They have worked a lot on their hurling in training and it’s evident in their style of play which is very direct with a good first touch. Now is the time to keep their feet on the ground and work hard. Best of luck for the remainder of the season. The on-going saga at senior level continues to drag on with Carrick Swans appeal pending. With Eoin Kelly and Paul Curran in county action dates for fixtures are getting scarce. It also puts our Intermediate footballers in limbo as all these fixtures affect each other. Meanwhile our U21 hurlers play a guessing game as to when they might be in action.
Our classic takes place in Callan Golf Club on Saturday August 20th.
As we expect a good response to this one day classic it is important to book your tee time as soon as possible by contacting Club Sect. Eddie McCarthy or Michael Walsh at Callan Golf Club.
It’s all systems go as we prepare for our annual U12 and U10 tournament on Saturday August 27th. Once again we need accommodation for our many visiting teams and if you can help in any way please contact John Dunne, Poulacapple or Isobel Clarke or any club member.
Work continues every Thursday from 7-00pm on. At the moment we’re concentrating on the car park area any help is needed. It’s great to see the work and effort being put in by so many locals planting boxes, power washing and painting their buildings. Rubbish bins have been placed around the village and we encourage everybody to use them. The tidy towns is a project that effects us all and should not be left to individuals. After all we all live in this parish and we all take pride when it looks well. We have the Kickham weekend and the Juvenile parade and tournament coming up so it would be nice to have all our village and derelict buildings looking well for the occasion.