Once again the annual Festival of Hurling held in Mullinahone on Saturday was a great success. The village was a riot of colour as the 500 or so U12’s, U10’s, U8’s and even U6’s came to show off their skills.

The boys and girls came from the North, the South, from Derry to Cork and from the East and the West from Galway to Waterford. Before the games the teams paraded through the village carrying their banners behind the Carrick band. It was a thrilling sight.

As usual the place was swamped with Northern accents as five of the sixteen teams taking part came from Ulster. We had St Johns and O’Donovan Rossa from Antrim; Kevin Lynch’s from Dungiven, Eoghan Ruadh from Dungannon; Castleblaney from Monaghan.

Tipperary were represented by the home club and by St. Mary’s from Clonmel. Nine other counties were represented.

Approximately 50 games were played during the day as another ten teams took part in the U10 tournament. This amounted to seven hours of solid hurling.

The Festival was opened by the grand old man of Mullinahone G.A.A. John Vaughan with the Chairman of Tipperary Co. Board, Sean Nugent in attendance. A special word of thanks must go to the ladies who kept the energy levels stocked up. 2,000 cups of tea/coffee were served with 1,500 plates of chips, sausages and other titbits. Of course it should not be forgotten that the homes of Tipperary were thrown open to many of the North of Ireland visitors. Friendship was the theme of the festival though we should record the various winners.

In U12 group ‘A’ Kevin Lynch’s. Dungiven beat St. Mary’s. In Group ‘B’ O’Donovan Rossa of Antrim beat Eoghan Ruadh of Dungannon thus winning the Tess McNamara Cup. Group ‘C’ saw Mullinahone CJK beat Camross of Laois while in Group ‘D’ Cappoquin of Waterford got the better of Clooney Quin of Clare. In U/10 Windgap of Kilkenny beat Golden of Tipperary while Carrick Swan beat Fermoy of Cork in Group ‘B’. The U/10 competition was in ground hurling.

Saturday evening saw the end of the hurling. The 9.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday morning was a most colourful affair with the local club and all the Ulster clubs taking part in their club colours and marching away from the church after Mass.

A huge bualadh bos is due to the organisers of the CJK hurling festival 2012.


As well as a hurling festival at one end of the village on Saturday the other end of the village saw the annual Slievenamon Tractor Run take off around noon. There was a huge turnout of men and machines for the event and Chairman of the Group, Terry O’Brien and his committee must have been very happy. The route around the foothills of Slievenamon was completed without incident. The weather helped greatly.


The local G.A.A. Golf Classic will take place this Saturday, September 1,in Callan Golf Club. Entry for a classic team of four where two scores count including the post round meal is E160 while sponsorship of a tee box or green has been set at E50. If interested in entering a team or playing contact Ml. Walsh at Callan Golf Club on (056)7725136 extn. 4. To sponsor a tee box contact Rita Curran on (087)6677398 or Isobel Clarke on (086)0726195.


A reflection, ‘failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently’. Adoration continues in St. Michaels on Thursdays from 11am to 10pm.

Condolences to the families of Percy Vaughan whose death took place during the week.


The new Community Council draw begins shortly, please support the draw as this is the Community Councils only source of revenue.