The presentation of Gold and Silver emblems and diplomas 40, 60, 70 year membership took place in the Town Hall with Mass on Friday night June 29.

Fr Michael Fitzgerald PP Spiritual Director local centre was the celebrant. He said that it was four women along with Fr Cullen that founded the PTAA in the Church of St Francis Xavier, Gardiner St, Dublin in the year 1898. He outlined the importance of saying the Heroic Offering every morning and evening and the wearing of the badge publicly. He thanked the members for the commitment and dedication to the association. He congratulated the Mitchelstown Branch on achieving their 5th Gradam Award this year and on the promotion of the sale of the Pioneer Magazine and the National Draw which is so important to the Central Office. Mitchelstown Branch are one of the leading centres in this regard. He thanked Ann Marie Russell for the music and singing and to the ladies who provided the refreshments as well as Michael O’Brien, hall caretaker, for arranging and Pat McEvoy, church sacristan, for ensuring that everything was in order. Fr Michael blessed the emblems and certificates that were being presented. These were arranged on the alter by Mary Dunleavy. The Heroic Offering was said publicly before the presentations. The recently awarded Gradam pennant was prominent on the alter. The Mass readings were by Catherine Hanley and Peggy Hennessy with prayers of the faithful by Margaret Boland, Ann Roche, Nora Finn, Florrie Fogarty and Jim Skinner. The offertory procession was led by Catriona Fox and her younger sister Evelyn who was presented with young pioneer badge and certificate.

Other presentations were Golden Emblems and certificates - Mary Burke, Glenduff Mitchelstown and Michael Finn, Demesne Mitchelstown. Silver Emblem and certificate - Ann Marie Russell, Georges St. Mitchelstown.

60 year diploma - Margaret (Peg) Brennan, Glenduff, Mitchelstown, Mary Dunleavy, Clonmel Road, Mitchelstown and Donal Hannon, Tankardstown Kildorrery. 40 year diploma - Margaret Boland, Kilshanna, Mitchelstown,

These presentations were made by Fr Michael Fitzgerald P assisted by Pat Twomey and John Casey.

Pat Twomeyl Branch President, thanked the Council for their great commitment over many years.

Three clerical students who were on a visit to Fr. Fitzgerald from the US paid a surprise visit and partook in the ceremonies and were overwhelmed with the Irish hospitality extended to them on the occasion of their visit. They were Chris Lebsock, Alex Kreidler, and George Elliott who all had Irish roots and have four years in their seminary.

Musical reflection at the conclusion by Catriona Fox.


Ballygiblin Minor C hurlers were unlucky to lose out to Thomas Russell’s at Castletownroche on Monday evening last. The final score was Thomas Russell’s 5-11 Ballygiblin 4-12.

Team: Jonathan Fitzgerald, John O’Donoghue, Eoin Coughlan, Jack Magnier, Michael Lewis, Christopher Noonan, Joseph O’Sullivan 3-12, Diarmuid Molan, Shane Frewen, Jack Norris, Diarmuid Noonan, Josh Evans 1-0, Jason Cott, Paul Connolly-Murphy, Liam Allen. Sub: Laurance Burke.

The Under 16 hurlers were in action on Thursday evening in the championship against Cuchullains (Kanturk) in Doneraile. Cuchullains won out by 3- 14 to 2- 10 following a keenly contested game. Ballygiblin team: Conor Coughlan, Darragh Kenneally, John O’Donoghue, David Flynn, Michael Lewis, James Mullins, Christopher Noonan, Joseph O’Sullivan 0-8 (0-7f) Diarmuid Molan, George Pendle 1-1, Jack Magnier, Paul Connolly-Murphy 0-1, Dean Barry, Josh Evans 1-0, Jack Norris Subs Laurance Burke for Dean Barry (inj) Brian Fox for Jack Norris.

The Premier Junior hurling replay with Castletownroche is now fixed for Wednesday, July 18, in Kilworth 7.30pm.


Mitchelstown Community Council will hold their annual Mass at Brigown New Cemetery on Tuesday, July 24, 7.30pm. All are welcome.


The death occurred on July 2 of Lena Crotty, Upper Skeheen, Mitchelstown, at Cork University Hospital. The late Lena (nee O’Donnell) was predeceased by her husband John. She was a member of a well known farming family in the community. Her popularity was borne out in the large and represented attendance at the removal on Tuesday evening from O’Brien’s Funeral Home to the local parish church and also at the requiem Mass and burial on Wednesday. Interment took place to Brigown New Cemetery. To her son William, daughters Mary, Liz (Daly) and Helena, sisters Madge (Rice), Sr. Agatha (Biddy, Little Sisters of the Poor), daughter in law Patricia, son in law Stephen, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives neighbours and friends we tender our sincere sympathy.


The death occurred on July 5 at her residence, 8 Thomas Street, of Ellen Roche. The late Ellen was one of the oldest members in the area. She was predeceased by her late husband William. Her popularity was borne out in the large and represented attendance at the removal from nearly O’Brien’s Funeral Home to Mitchelstown Parish Church and also at the requiem Mass and burial on Saturday. Interment took place to the adjoining cemetery. To her daughters, sons, sister Jane, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchild, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends we tender our sincere sympathy.