The present week has been designated Catholic Schools week. The week is devoted to our schools and the renewal of our commitment to the children as we highlight the distinctive character of our catholic schools. In this group we include all our parish primary schools and the post primary schools that serve the young people of our parish. In this vein we note that the preparation of children for their First Holy Communion in May is already in hand.
Our congratulations to Seamus Ryan, Modeshill and Ann Marie Curtin, Ashford, Co. Limerick who were married recently.
On a sadder note our condolences go to the families of Willie McGrath, Modeshill; Aibhne Bergin, M.P.S.I. (our resident chemist) and Tom Molloy (PAWS) from Co. Kildare, all of whom passed away recently.
This week marks the traditional end of Winter in Ireland with the coming of Spring on 1st February the feast of St. Brigid. Thursday will be Candlemas Day. In the very olden days people were supposed to be able to eat their three meals from Candlemas Day onwards by the light of the day, no candles! Friday will be the feast of St. Blaize, the patron saint of throats. The traditional blessing of throats will take place in St. Michael’s at the 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Masses. However don’t be deceived that Winter is over, crows by tradition start to build on March 1st. On Saturday last, January 28, a large gathering of rooks or jackdaws were seen/heard in the bell tower of St. Michael’s Church.
READY FOR SCHOOL
Enrolments are now being taken in St. Michael’s N.S. for the school year 2012/2013 starting next September. Contact Rosie in the office any morning from 9.30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Contact Marie Clancy N.T. (Resource Room) after office hours at the school up to 3 p.m. or phone (052) 9153304 for further details.
Our ladies football club are organising a collection of old clothing, bed clothes, belts, mobiles etc., for recycling. Please drop off all bags in the G.A.A. car park on Friday afternoon, February 3, between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. or on Saturday morning between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. All donations are appreciated. U/16 training began on Saturday morning last at 11 a.m. at the G.A.A. pitch, new players will be very welcome.
A NEW STATE
The next lecture in the local history series dealing with the 20th century in Mullinahone takes place in St. Michael’s N.S. this Wednesday, February 1, at 8.30 p.m. It will deal with local events in the first quarter of the 20th century. All are welcome.
SAFER STREET ACTION GROUP
Our local group had a meeting in the G.A.A. meeting room on Wednesday, January 25. Public representatives who attended were Cllr. Eddie O’Meara and Cllr. Pat English representing Seamus Healy T.D. Cllr. O’Meara informed the meeting that a pedestrian crossing would be in place at the church/car park within the next two months. Other safety measures were discussed and the group are seeking a meeting with Mullinahone Tidy Towns committee and the Community Council. Both these organisations are involved in the betterment of our village and it is felt that unity in strength is the best policy.
The A.G.M. of our Juvenile G.A.A. club will take place on Friday night week, 10th February at 8 p.m.
New season begins, following what was a very successful 2011 the spotlight now shifts to 2012 and hope we can be as successful on the field of play. Following our adjourned A.G.M. the following people will be responsible for our teams in 2012. Pat Heffernan from Limerick will be managing our senior hurlers; Michael Scott, Junior Hurling; Thomas McNamara, Junior and Senior Football; Declan Mac, U/21 hurling and football; John Leahy, Minor hurling and football. Tributes were paid to Jackie Bolger and Johnny Kennedy by Chairman, John Croke for delivering such success to the club in 2011 in the form of South and County titles. All players need to pay their membership immediately. Our U/21 footballers will be first into action in February.
Following the success of Eoin Kelly as Tipperary Senior hurling captain the county waited to see who would succeed him. We were thrilled to see Paul Curran appointed for 2012. This is a great honour once again for our club and especially for Paul and we wish him every success for the coming year. We hope to see Paul and Eoin back in Mullinahone next September with Liam McCarthy once again.
Gym membership is now due. Single, E100; Couples E170; Players E50. Only paid up members can use the gym and no visitors allowed in the gym. Any players or members who no longer use their keys please return same to Manager, Jackie Bolger. For booking the sports hall or joining the gym contact Jackie Bolger on (086) 8341843. No one is allowed access to the kitchen unless booked with Jackie. In the event of Jackie not being available contact Isobel Clarke.
Badminton will start in the hall this coming Tuesday at 8 p.m. Anybody interested bring E2 and your own racquet.
All championship winning teams will receive their medals on Saturday, February 4, at 8.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.