Martin Kinnane Passes On - The death took place at his home in Ballyvodlea on June 17 of Martin Kinnane. Martin himself was a native of Mullinahone and a scion of the famous Tipperary horse racing family. He was born in Kilvemnon in the middle 1950s. He became seriously ill about two years ago around the time that he and his wife Theresa and their family moved to their new house in Ballyvodlea. Theresa (nee Keating) is also a native of Mullinahone. Horses (what else) were the big things in Martin’s life. Having served his time as a jockey he rode mostly in England and then became an assistant trainer in England before returning with Theresa, first to Galway and then to South Lodge. By now Martin was the man in charge himself and also quite successful. His illness came as a devastating blow to his family and many friends. Martin, as was to be expected, fought bravely but in the end he had to bow to the inevitable. The family attracted great local support especially recently as Martin’s oldest son Colin received his First Holy Communion. Martin’s popularity in the racing community was attested to during his funeral by the huge turnout of members of that community. It is said that Martin’s sad death even impinged on the opening day of Royal Ascot. Martin was waked in his beautiful new home in Ballyvodlea. His funeral was conveyed to St. Michael’s Church where it was received by Fr. John McGrath P.P. who celebrated his funeral Mass also. Among the items presented before Mass which told much of the story of Martin’s life were Martins’s helmet and whip, presented by Colin, while a family photo and saddle were also presented. The readers were Martin’s brother-in-law Jim Hegarty and his sister Dolores Kinnane-Hegarty. The Offertory Gifts were presented by his brother Jimmy and his sister Eileen who are the two oldest members of Martin’s family. The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Martin’s nephews, Mark Kinnane, David McNamara, John Kinnane and his brother-in-law Eddie Murphy. At the conclusion of Mass a lovely reflection was read to the congregation by Martin’s friend, Andrew Coonan. Martin’s remains were then conveyed to St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy where they were interred. The large congregation which attended Martin’s reposal, his removal, his funeral Mass and burial showed the great esteem in which he and his family were held. Our condolences go to his wife Theresa, his sons Colin and Andrew, brother Jimmy, sisters Eileen, Dolores and Geraldine, his mother-in-law Bridget (Keating), sister-in-law Lisa, uncles Tom (Knockavilla) and Ned (Kildare), his aunts Nancy and Mary. May the soul of Martin Kinnane rest in peace. Forgotten in Martin’s sporting interests was his love of hurling. Perhaps he looked down on his beloved Tipperary and Mullinahone who did so well in Cork on Sunday last. Martin’s Month’s Mind Mass will be in St. Michael’s Church on Saturday, 28th July at 8 p.m.
Good Day in the Park - Last Sunday was a great day in Cork for Mullinahone and Tipperary hurlers. At the end of the day five Munster winners medals were brought back to Mullinahone. Leading the group was the Tipperary Captain and full back Paul Curran who accepted the Munster Cup on his 41st appearance for Tipperary. Helping him out on the field was Eoin Kelly who came on and scored three points and was very influential. The third member of the senior panel was Paul’s brother Sean who will be lining out in Limerick in U/21 on Wednesday night. The Minor duo were Jack Shelly who played at centre forward and Luke Mullally who was on the panel. Jack was completing an unique double. The previous Sunday he played in the Munster Minor Football final which Tipperary also won. The Minor double had never been done by a Mullinahone player before. Even in the exhibition Go Games during the interval the parish was represented. In the boys game we had Sean Fitzgerald, son of Pat and Noreen, Fethard Street. Sean must have great memories to take back to Ring with him as he is currently on an Irish course there. Last but not least was Tara Gayson who played in the Camogie exhibition. Tara is the daughter of Timmy and Rosemary Gayson. I wonder was any other parish in the County represented in all four games on Sunday. Perhaps someone through Sundays programme will let us know.
Carrickmaclear Work Group - Recently a work group got together to upgrade this amenity. Locals will have the opportunity to see the improvements as a special Mass will be celebrated on Carraigmaclear on Sunday afternoon next, 22nd July at 3 p.m. Do inform your families.
Parish News - Congratulations to Gerard Collins, Killaghy Castle and Orla Saunders, Cuffesgrange who were married recently. Congratulations also to Mary Hanly, Ballycullen and Gerard Taylor, Clough, Co. Kilkenny who were also recently married.
Thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the recent Priests (Summer) collection. The annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 5th August. Contact Joe O’Gorman to book your seat. The St. Vincent de Paul Society helps people in need. The Callan branch would like to set up a voluntary group in Mullinahone. Contact them at (085) 2490029 for more details.
Thank You - Local man Richard McNamara would like to thank all those who came to his assistance or who helped in any way at his recent road accident. Go raibh maith agaibh.
First Aid Course - An advanced First Aid course to include CPR and the use of De-Fib will be held in the G.A.A. Centre on Saturday afternoon next, 21st July from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Cost is 30 euro per person and is open to anybody in the community. The training provided could save some persons life in the future. To book your place or for further info contact Patricia Vaughan on (086) 1944737.
Mobile Library - The Mobile Library began its Summer weekly visits to Mullinahone on Tuesday afternoon last. The bus will be in the church carpark from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. each Tuesday. All are welcome. Last years venture was a huge success so let’s make this year even better. Young
children should be accompanied by an adult.
New Golfers - Callan Golf Club is offering membership until December 31st, 2012 for the special rate of 325 euro for first time golfers.
Tidy Towns - The committee would like to thank Malachy Sheehan for his donation of the beautiful stone which has been placed on the green area opposite the Grotto on the Callan Road. We would also like to thank Tommy O’Brien who very kindly donated his time to hedge cutting on the approach roads into the village. Work of this nature encourages good community spirit. Tidy Towns work has been difficult this year due to heavy rainfall, however, everybody can contribute by paying attention to litter. Keep our village litter free.