HURLING FESTIVAL FOR MULLINAHONE
A stranger coming into the village of Mullinahone might wonder why the village is so colourful with bunting and flags of the different counties. He/she might suppose if they were of a Gaelic games of hurling frame of mind, that the village was being brightened up in preparation for the forthcoming All-Ireland hurling final, in which Tipp will play their neighbours Kilkenny. After all the captain of the Tipperary team, Eoin Kelly, is from our own parish.
While there is a grain of truth in the blaze of colour being connected with hurling, the real reason is that next weekend, the underage section of our C.J. Kickham’s Club will put on a Festival of Underage hurling in Mullinahone. About sixteen teams representing the different hurling counties will bring teams at Under 12, Under 10 and maybe even younger to Mullinahone to take part in this festival of hurling. More than 500 young hurlers are expected to display their skills all day on Saturday at three venues around the village. The hurlers will come from Galway, Clare, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Tipperary and also from Ulster with Antrim, Derry, Monaghan, Tyrone and Armagh being among those represented.
Many of the teams will arrive on Friday and stay on until Sunday, while others will make it a one-day outing on Saturday. Some of the young hurlers will be staying in local homes. Over the years, great relations have been built up with some of the visiting clubs, especially those from Ulster and several very enjoyable weekends have been spent up North by our young players over the years. Taking part and making new friends as well as showing off their hurling skills is the name of the game. The festival will begin on Saturday morning with a colourful parade of all the teams through the village to the GAA Sportsfield. At the official opening, the games will begin and then it will be helter skelter all day long with the clash of the ash resounding around the little village. It all has the makings of a wonderful day and well worth a visit to some of the games. The festival has come a long way since it began as a four team festival a decade ago. The four original teams, Mullinahone, St. Patrick’s, Ballingarry and John Lockes (Callan), have jealously guarded their places in the festival as taking part is by invitation only. Locals, visitors and the curious just passing by are invited to drop in and take part in the excitement and the whole show is free.
Refreshments will be available in the local GAA Sports Hall and souvenirs will also be available. Hopefully the day will be fine as it has been traditionally over the years, as this adds hugely to the day. For most, the day will end on Saturday, but for others especially those staying, there will be quite a number of challenge games on Sunday before they head away.
The last local lotto draw took place on Monday August 15. The numbers drawn were: (3,6,19,22). There was no jackpot winner but we had one match 3 winner of €150. Congratulations to Rabbit. The next draw will be on August 29, when the jackpot could be worth €5,750. However, if you want to win and have a great All Ireland Weekend, first you must be in.
Our parish newsletter is now well into it’s 10th year, thanks to editor Paul Meehan.
Condolences to the families of T.J. Brett, late of Kickham Street, who died in England and to the family of Mark O’Grady, who died in Dublin.
Anniversary Masses in St. Michael’s
Saturday August 26 8pm Anniversary Paddy Brett, Bawnavrona
Sunday August 27 11.30am Anniversary Margaret and Rody Curran, Kilvemnon.
A special thank you to Ray and Ivan O’Sullivan for having the church cemetery looking so beautiful for the Kickham weekend celebration. Well done to Louise Fallon who represented Mullinahone in the All Ireland Community Games finals in Athlone last weekend.
To help alleviate suffering in Africa through the wonderful work of Bothar, a local man has launched a disc. This disc is available for €10. Nothing will be deducted from the proceeds for expenses or anything else. Only a limited number have been produced. Phone 052 9153118 to ensure you get a copy. Do I detect the ageless voice of John Vaughan.
The next outing of the local Society will take place to the Slievenamon Golf Club on Sunday next August 28. First tee is 1.30pm and the Jack Brett Trophy will be played for. Results of the Clonmel Outing: 1st Ray Cody, Michael Hickey and Richie Needham, 2nd Pat Mulrooney, Kevin O’Meara and Jim Fitzgerald, 3rd Joe Pollard, Denis Collins and James Maher. L/D Kevin O’Meara N/P Kevin Keating.
Our local hurlers have been doing well so far this year. Our senior hurlers qualified top of the League Table for the South Tipp Semi-Final and drew this with Carrick Swan. The winners of this replay will play Carrick Davins in the South Final. Our Junior hurlers have battled through to face St. Patrick’s Drangan/Cloneen in the Semi-Final in Monroe on this Saturday night August 27 at 7pm.
At Under 21 A level, we won our first game a long time ago. With five teams involved this win must have qualified us for the semi-final, but progress has been painfully slow. At minor level, we topped the league section and will play the winners of Moyle Rovers V Ballingarry in the Semi-final. That game will have taken place in Mullinahone by the time these notes appear. The other Semi-final will be between St. Mary’s and Kilsheelan/Kilcash Gaels.