Christmas in Mitchelstown was very peaceful. Great crowds shopped locally this year and all traders in the area reported a boom period. Many people travelled home from overseas and huge attendances were present at all church ceremonies. Weather conditions were good for the time of year with no frost.

Many patrons have now returned to their places of work. No major accidents, incidents or fires were reported over the festive season.


The 46th Annual General Meeting of Mitchelstown Credit Union was held in the Firgrove Hotel on Tuesday night last. There were about 130 people in attendance. Miceal O hAonghusa President opened the meeting. He welcomed the attendance and paid tribute to all who supported the Credit Union over the past 12 months. During the year the President stated we continued to trade successfully and recorded an operating surplus of €984.610. This is a significant improvement on the previous year, when the Credit Union had an overall deficit of €1,700.581 mainly due to investment losses of €2,372.399. However despite the excellent results with a near E1m surplus in the year, due to losses carried forward no dividend is proposed for 2012. The President outlined Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) stating EFT is now up and running successfully, it offers members the convenience of the following services without paying a fee: bill paying which includes ESB, Eircom, Bord Gais, and many more, wages, social welfare, pensions and agricultural grants may be paid directly into your Credit Union account.

The website is currently being updated. When completed, it will provide members with several additional options including making loan enquiries online, the ability to apply online for sponsorship.

The Income and Expenditure Account showed total assets to an amount of €69,964,205.00. During the year loans amounting to €232,200 were approved for officers (including Directors) of the Credit Union. These loans were approvedin accordance with the Standard Credit Union Rules. The aggregate amount of loans owed by officers at September 30 was €129,824. The aggregate amount of shares held at September 30 was €313,895.

Isabel Smith presented a very detailed Secretary’s Report. Pat Kent presented the report of the Supervisory Committee which stated that both Board and committee meeting were regularly attended. Member accounts were picked at random by the computer and ‘Letter of Verification’ sent to members asking them to confirm their balances. The Supervisory Committee were satisfied that the business of the Credit Union was conducted in a proper manner. Ian Malcolm presented the Report of the Credit Committee – It showed 2012 as a very busy year for the committee with a total of 1633 applications made of which 1424 were successful and the committee hoed that going forward they can be of continued support to the members.

Maurice Madden presented the report of Credit Control committee which showed the number of members increased to 19240 an increase of 1.8% on the previous year. Many of these were juveniles which was very encouraging.

Ian Malcolm presented the Planning and Development Committee Report. The report showed that the sub committee encouraged junior members to start saving at an early age. Sammy Stamp is a familiar character around the National Schools and at community events and they encouraged young savers to start saving early to help them in years to come. Third level bursaries building our youth for the future is one of the primary aims of the Planning and Development Committee. The purpose of the bursary is to ease the financial burden of third level education.

Officers 2013: President Miceal O h-Aonghusa, Vice President Michael Coughlan, Hon Secretary Isabel Smith, Treasurer Sean Casey, Committee - Bridget Leddy, Maurice Madden, Ian Malcolm, Michael McEldowney, Conor O’Brien, Terence O’Donnell, Kevin O’Flynn, Liam O’Sullivan, Eileen Whelan.

Supervisory Committee: Pat Kent, Martin Lane, Andrew O’Regan, Credit Committee : Michael Coughlan, David Kent, Ian Malcolm, Terence O’Donnell, Donal Smith. Insurance Officer John Collins, Membership Committee : Isabel Smith, Liam O’Sullivan, Miceal O’h-Aonghusa.

Nominating committee: Kieran O’Connor, Isabel Smith, Eileen Whelan. Planning & Development Committee :

Shane Hanley, Bridget Leddy, Declan Masterson, Ian Malcolm, Joe Sherlock, Miceal O’h-Aonghusa, Conor O’Brien, Isabel Smith, Liam O’Sullivan.

Credit Control Committee Maurice Madden, Eileen Whelan, Kevin O’Flynn, Thomas O’Flynn, Michael McEldowney. Investment & Finance Committee: Sean Casey, Bridget Leddy, Kevin O’Flynn, John Collins, Tracy McCarthy.

I.T. Security Committee: Sean Casey, Shane Hanley, Ian Malcolm.


There was not winner of the GAA lotto jackpot of €2400 last weekend.

The numbers drawn were 7, 15, 25 & 26. Three lucky dip winners each received E50: Padraigh Finn, Demesne, Mitchelstown, Eileen O’Sullivan, Scart, Kildorrery, Seamus Hennessy, Glaovaunta.

The club AGM takes place this Saturday, January 5, at 5.30pm.

The Junior hurlers will play Thomastown in the All Ireland JHC semi final on Sunday, January 27, in Cashel 2pm.


There was no jackpot winner last week end. The numbers drawn were 3, 6, 11 and 20. Consolation prizes €30 each: Aoife Walsh, Ballykearney, Mitchelstown and Mary B Linehan, Whitechurch. €20 each Joe Fox, Limerick and Aileen Fitzgibon c/o Gerdy Murphy.


The numbers drawn were 2, 9, 10 and 13, There was no jackpot winner. Match 3 shared €150, each receiving €50 as follows – Alice Sheehan c/o John Cleary, Willie O’Brien c/o Jackie O’Brien’s, Catriona and Paul c/o Tods.

Winner of €25 lucky dip voucher - Rachel c/o Hunters Rest. Next draw Monday, January 7.


Mitchelstown Tennis Club AGM will take place on Saturday, January 12, at 11am.

To keep updated on club news etc. visit facebook or webpage on www.


The numbers drawn were 9, 11, 18 and 28. There was no outright winner. Lucky dips €50 each to Pa O’Donovan, Araglin c/o Jim Kenneally Coolmohan, Mary Rice Lyreen, Araglin, c/o Breda Kenneally, €25 each to Patrick Higgins, Ballyheaphy, Araglin and Mottie McCormack Kilworth c/o Tony White.


Jimmy Daly, Darragh and Liam O’Callaghan, Knockadea, Mike Fitzgerald Ballylanders and Lar Hennebry Galbally, Table prizes Pauline McGrath Kilfinane and Diarmuid Coffey Gortroe, Joan O’Brien, Glenroe and Morgan Fox Derrylahan, Raffle Margaret Kirby, Knockadea, Bridget Fitzgerald, Kilgarriff, Tom Sheerin Killee, Jim Keane Knockadea, Willie O’Mahony,Ballylanders, Jimmy Daly, Darragh, Liam O’Callaghan, Knockadea, Pauline McGrath Kilfinane.


Mossie Hanley Anglesboro and Eddie Moriarty Kilglass, Jim and Larry English Cullane. Table prize Jim Cotter and Tom Hogan Anglesboro, Damian Peters and Tom Hanley Aherlow, Billy Casey and Michael Cleary Anglesboro. Raffle Donie Hennessy, Galbally, Carmel Quirke Anglesboro, John Coskeran Aherlow.


E20 Margaret Fahy, E Roche, V Kirwan, K Dinan, S Lynch, J Walsh, Two divide Kathleen Kilmartin and Nora Gallagher, Eleanor McEvoy and Kathleen Kilmartin, €30 M McGrath, €40 M Curran, Margaret Fahy, A Coffey, J Byrne, P O’Brien, E McEvoy, H Martin, Two divide (B Fitzgerald and L Walsh). Three winners divide €40 M Finn, B Murphy, M Roche. €50 H Martin, $100. Free books S Walsh and P McCarthy.


lst H/c Frank O’Connor and Claire O’Keeffe, 2nd H/c Mary O’Connell and Chrissie O’Keeffe, lst gross Frank Roche and Moira Coughlan, 3rd H/c Peg Brennock and Alice Noonan, 2nd gross – Angela Cooper and Geraldine O’Donovan, 4th h/c Mary Nolan and Mary Wright. lst H/c Pauline McEnally and Mary Hanley, 2nd H/c Birdie Walsh and Joan Kent, lst gross John and Joan Cunningham, 3rd H/c Claire O’Keeffe and Joan Allen. 2nd gross Mary Crowley and Eileen Mason, 4th H/c Nellie Collins and Eileen Coughlan.


The death occurred on Christmas Eve of Nora Duggan, Knockanevin, Mitchelstown. Nora (Nee McGrath) was in her 93rd year and was predeceased by her husband Gerald. The late Nora was a popular member of the local community. Her popularity was borne out in the very large and represented attendance at the removal on Thursday evening from Hannon’s Funeral Home, Kildorrery, to St. Malogga’s Church, Shraherla, and also at the Requiem Mass and burial on Friday. Interment took place to Malogga Cemetery. To her daughters Mary (O’Donovan), Helen (O’Callaghan), Nora (Newman), sons John (JJ), William, Gerald, brothers Willie and Pat Joe, sister Sr Christina, sisters in law Bridget and Nellie, sons in law Jerry, Michael and Niall, daughter in law Breda, grandchildren Daniel Gerald, Geraldine, Annemarie, and Jack, great grandchild Matthew, nephews, nieces, relatives neighbours and friends we tender our sincere sympathy. R.I.P.


The death occurred on December 25 of Siobhan Collins, Moneens, Bandon, at St Patrick’s Hospital, Fermoy. The late Siobhan lived recently with her daughter Mary Lewis, Carragane, Mitchelstown. There was a large attendance at the rosary at her daughters residence on Wednesday evening. Removal took place from Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home Bandon on Thursday to St. Patrick’s Church Bandon, interment took place on Saturday after 12midday Requiem Mass to the adjoining cemetery.

To her daughters Mary (Lewis), Martina (McCarthy), sons in law Liam and Mick, grandchildren Charles, Michael, Andrea, Jack and Sarah, carers, relatives, neighbours and friends we tender our sincere sympathy. R.I.P.


The death occurred on December 23 at the Mercy Hospital Cork of David Roche, 1 Church St, Mitchelstown, and formerly of 30 O’Neill Crowley Terrace, Mitchelstown. The late Davie, as he was best known, was in his 86th year. A popular member of the local community he was predeceased by his wife Lizzie.

There was a large attendance at the funeral on Wednesday evening from his residence to Mitchelstown Parish Church on Thursday and also at the Requiem Mass and burial. Interment took place to Brigown New Cemetery. To his brother Denis, sisters Hanna (Sheppard), Bridget (Fletcher), brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends we tender our sincere sympathy