THURLES AND DISTRICT
Will hold a Vintage Tractor/Car Run this Sunday, October 21, in aid of North Tipperary Hospice. Vehicles will assemble at the Ragg at 11.30am. Vintage and modern tractors welcome. All proceeds to the Hospice.
In the Built Environment section of this yearâ€™s Tidy Towns competition, Mullinahone scored 34 marks out of a possible 50. This was an increase of one point on the 2011 mark so there was some progress. The adjudicators had the following to report: â€œMany thanks for the photographs supplied and this made it easy for me to find the places that you have highlighted. Starting on a somewhat negative topic, the dereliction. My initial reaction is that there is an unusually large amount of places that have fallen into a derelict state but I must congratulate your committee for highlighting this situation. You are going about it in a very responsible manner by getting the County Council involved and we wish you well with the outcome. It is a pity that this has developed and we have sympathy with some of the owners that this has happened to, mainly caused by the severe downturn in business throughout Ireland that has hit every town and village. In the meantime before much can be done in a permanent way with the buildings you could try to persuade the owners to paint the houses and we often see temporary measures where the boarded up windows and doors are camouflaged with attractive artwork. You could offer to do this yourselves and get the owners to pay the costs. If you do get clearance to doing the work I recommend that you contact one of the paint companies and seek their advice and they might even sponsor some paint or give it free to you. I have heard that they give professional advice on paint types and colours. I was thrilled to stand outside the residence of Charles Kickham (1828-1882) and I felt like singing â€œSlievenamonâ€. I was indeed delighted to see the sculpture of Mr. Kickham in the park across the road from the church and well done to all concerned with the erection and maintenance of the sculptureâ€. Some points indeed to ponder!
All our football teams are long out of the championship and our hurling sides are beginning to fall like leaves in Autumn.
On Saturday last our Minors joined our Juniors and Seniors when they lost the South Tipp. Minor â€˜Aâ€™ semi-final to St. Maryâ€™s. The game was played in Kilsheelan and we lost by 2-19 to 3-13 in an exciting game. We cannot complain with the result though we could have pulled it off but in the end we were relying on too few players.
Thus our glorious reign as County Minor Champions comes to an end. Panel: Richard Walsh, Kevin McGrath, Jack McCarty, John Oâ€™Connell, David Walzer, Gerard Horan, Paul Gayson, Jack Shelly, Martin Mullally, Joe Hogan, Luke Mullally, MiceÃ¡l Dunne, Shane Egan, George Browning, Conor Vaughan. Subs: Graham Horan, Chris Oâ€™Brien, John Oâ€™Grady, Ed Dunne, C. Byrne, Tyler Hicks, L. Hicks, E. Lyons, G. Keane, P. Luttrell, Sean Walzer, R. Reilly.
The management of the team was John Leahy, Declan McNamara and Eugene Oâ€™Brien.
Our last team in action are our U21s. They will take on Carrick Swan in Kilsheelan on Saturday afternoon with the losers entitled to a second chance which we hope not to have to avail of. With the season virtually over perhaps it is time for the Club to meet to discuss progress or the lack of it before we go into an A.G.M. Such a pre A.G.M. general meeting was proposed a number of years ago but nothing came of it and affairs seem to have drifted since then.
A Bric-a-Brac market will take place in the G.A.A. Hall on Sunday next from 10a to 3 pm. Bric-a-Brac, toys, clothes, antiques, books, crafts, Avon products, tea, coffee and homemade treats will be available. Admission is free. If you want to book a table contact Susanne 0876854290.
Following the hugely successful local bingo night held back in June another night will be held in the G.A.A. Hall on Thursday, November 1. Doors open at 7.30pm for an 8.30p start.
Our local Ladies Club would like to thank all who supported their coffee morning for the Hospice Movement. E383 was raised.
A big thank you to all who took part in, sponsored or supported the Irish Heart Foundation Walk held recently. About 40 walkers from aged 5 to almost 80 completed the walk. Tea and scones were served later in the G.A.A. Hall. Approx. E650 was raised. Thank you all.
The Autumn collection for the priests and retired clergy of the Archdiocese is being taken up at this time. Thank you to all who supports the collections.