NATURE LOVER DIES
The death took place in Strathmore Nursing Home, Callan, on May 31, of Billy Gahan, formerly of Killaghy. Billy, had he lived, would have been 87 this month. He was born and reared in Fethard Street and lived there until he moved to Killaghy on his marriage. There were many facades to the life of Billy Gahan, most of which were to be seen in the items presented by his grandchildren before his funeral mass to celebrate his life. These items were: an ornamental rabbit, a poem, a sod of turf and a butcher’s knife and razor of scraper and were presented by Jason, Niamh, Chloe and Shannon. Billy, who was an extremely hard working man, was the best known butcher in the locality in the 1950’s and 1960’s and for much longer. He was the man who actually killed the pigs or sheep or cattle when such things were done outside of abattoirs. Other locals remember meeting Billy Gahan, on their way to school, on his way home from his beloved bog with a day’s work done and ready to head off to Callan to begin another day’s work. More will remember the fine footballer who was one of the four locals to win a county senior football title with Ballingarry in 1951, having failed to do so with his native Mullinahone in 1945. No wonder his coffin showed the flags of both clubs. A somewhat lesser aspect of Billy was his love and knowledge of nature and his poetry writing. Billy was waked in Killaghy and his remains were then conveyed to St. Michael’s Church, where they were received by Fr. McGrath P.P., who also said his funeral mass. The white pall was placed on his coffin by his sons, Michael and Liam. The readers at his funeral mass were his grandsons, Paul and Kieran who returned from Australia for his funeral. John McCormack assisted by Kevin Hickey sang the responsorial psalm and also “Slievenamon” as the funeral cortege left St. Michael’s. He further rendered “The Mullinahone Fifteen” over Billy’s grave, a ballad which Billy himself had often sung. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Billy’s daughter, Kay and his grandchildren James, Chloe, Emily, Caitriona, Shannon and Louise. The offertory gifts were presented by the deceased’s grandsons Willy, Patrick and Jason. At the conclusion of the mass his nephew Kevin Keating read a most appropriate reflection on “The Four Seasons”. Billy was then removed to Killaghy for burial in the presence of a large congregation.
Billy, who was a unique character and represented an older way of life, will be missed. To his wife Kitty, his daughters, Teresa McKenna and Kay Byrne and his sons, Pat, Michael and Liam, we extend our sympathy. Likewise, we send our condolences to Billy’s grandchildren and great grandchildren, to his own family and to his extended family. May the soul of Billy Gahan rest in peace. The words of Joe Tobin sum up Billy’s working life: “Then coming back with turf piled high as off to school we walked, We trailed along behind him, sometimes he’d stop and talk, He said as soon as he got home, he’d be off to work for ten, To toil away ‘till six o’clock, then back to the bog again”.
MEGA BINGO FOR COMMUNITY PARK
The Mullinahone Community Park Committee will hold a Mega Bingo Night on Thursday, June 28, in the GAA Sports Hall at 8 p.m. Total prize money will be over €E1,500. All proceeds go to the Mullinahone Community Park/Playground.
The winners of the Mullinahone Golf Society outing to Rathdowney on May 26, were: 1st Ned O’Brien, 2nd Michael Phelan, 3rd Michael Comerford.
The third of the Hearty Walks will begin at Poulacapple N.S. at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
One of the Mullinahone C.J.K. Senior Hurling panel has decided to go into the business of hurley making. Donal Cody (Poulacapple) is currently engaged in setting up business in Poulacapple. Until his own workshop is ready, Donal will still make you a hurley. For further details, contact Donal.
Our juniors are down to play Swan on Saturday, June 23, and our minors are to play Moyle Rovers on Thursday, June 28. Our junior footballers are booked to play Ballyporeen on Wednesday, June 27. UNDER 14 FOOTBALL
Well done to our Under 14 footballers. On Tuesday evening of last week in Cloneen, they defeated Fethard in the South Tipp Under 14 B Shield final. The Shield was played for by those teams that did not qualify for semi-finals of the Under 14 Championship.
Condolences to the family of Jim Fitzgerald, Clashbeg who passed away suddenly at the age of 60.