Goodbye to a true Gael.
When the news off Tess McNamara’s passing spread through the parish it was met with a great sadness and a reality that we had lost our greatest supporter. Tess lived through many great decades in our history and along with her support for every team in the club she also made sure all jerseys were present and correct and ironed. No half measures with Tess. As the crowds passed through her home to pay their respects the sadness soon turned to laughter as we all recounted the many contributions Tess made during the game and the words of encouragement and support in victory or defeat. Many referees when blowing for half time when asked for the score would ask Tess what she had written down first. She rarely had it wrong. In the late 80s when our great run of success started Tess supplied the knitted headbands, wristbands and hats. God bless you Tess. Your passing has marked the end of an era in our club. We extend our sympathies to her family and especially her grandchildren whom she enjoyed so much. I’ll now leave it to her taxi driver in the early days and friend Rickie Sheehan to capture her funeral and bring us through what was a fitting farewell to a much loved legend of our club in his weekly column.
We remember also Rita Curran and Nonie Egan and the extended family on the death of their father Paddy Foley. Sympathies also to the Luttrell Family, Garryricken and the Ryan Family , Kyleaduhir.
This Saturday in Callan Golf Club our annual classic takes place. Some tee times are still available and can be got by contacting Callan Golf Club or Eddie McCarthy. It’s an opportunity to meet with two of Tipperary’s heroes from last Sunday Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly. They might even give you the inside track on a good bet for the final. Well done to Paul and Eoin and we look forward to the coming weeks as we build up to another battle with Kilkenny.
Best of luck to everybody involved with the ‘Loft Café’. The café sells home grown produce and you can enjoy a cup of tea with a treat of your choice or help yourself to the all day breakfast. Nice to see another new business in our village when so many are shutting down else where.
The 29th annual Kickham Country Weekend in Mullinahone has now been consigned to the annals of history but if you thought that things would now quieten down over the weekends in ‘the little village’ you couldn’t be more wrong.
Circuit of Slievenamon - Gremlins were definitely at work last week when the route of this years circuit of Slievenamon was somewhat garbled up. Perhaps the little people who are supposed to live under Tipperary’s most famous mountain were disturbed at the thought of 50 or more vintage tractors thundering over their patch and in true Irish fashion they decided to get their retaliation in first. Anyway this week we hope to escape the gremlins and not be sending any tractors astray on Saturday next, 20th August. First of all a vintage tractor is at least 25 years old. This run is being organised by the Slievenamon Vintage Club and all details can be had from the Chairman of the Club, Terry O’Brien of Ballydavid at (052) 9153565.
The run starts in Mullinahone from opposite St. Michael’s Church at noon. Having rolled through our village in a colourful cavalcade the tractors will then proceed to Drangan. Then it is back towards Slievenamon via Cloneen and Killusty. From Killusty it is into the foothills and on to the Ormonde Stores where they will have a rest and refreshments. Then on to the Gap of Kilcash and then on the journeys end at Grangemockler and Nine Mile House. This will conclude the open air section of the run. On Sunday afternoon it is back to Mullinahone for the Threshing and demonstration of old time steam engines. The afternoon will be packed with the usual events. All these events will take place in the Mullinahone Soccer Club grounds on the Callan Road. This year the Vintage Club will be helping out our local playground committee by making a donation to their fund.
Local Ironman Simon McGowan is back. He has been training for months and again on Saturday, 20th August he will compete in a triathlon. His programme will include a 45km cycle; a 20 m run; a 1km kayak and a climb of Croagh Patrick. Simon has decided to do this event in support of Mullinahone Community Park.
FESTIVAL OF HURLING
The annual U/12 Festival of Hurling will be held in Mullinahone on Saturday, 27th August when hundreds of girls and boys from all over Ireland will come to play and enjoy hurling.
Our minor hurlers have qualified for the South Tipp ‘Chadwicks’ semi-final. In it they will face Moyle Rovers or Ballingarry who play this Wednesday night. If Ballingarry win the game we will play them. Any other result and we will play Moyle Rovers. Last Monday night our lads defeated St. Mary’s, Clonmel to finish top of the table. Improvement will be needed in 3/4 areas if we are to have any hope of winning out this competition but first we have to win a semi-final.
The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Michael’s Church got off to a great start on Thursday last. Adoration is from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. All are welcome to come and pray at any time along with those who have signed up to a specific hour.
Condolences to the families of Tess McNamara (nee Hyland), Mullinoly; Kathleen Ryan, Kyleaduhir and Teresa Luttrell, Garryricken who all passed away recently. Sunday Mass on 21st August will be the Month’s Mind of Ned Dunne of Carrick Street.