St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone was crowded recently for the removal of the remains of William (Willy) McGrath of Modeshill. Willy, as he was known to all and sundry, had been in treatment for a serious illness for a number of years, but it was only before Christmas that he began to lose his battle. He was 77 years of age at the time of his death, which took place at his home. Willy was one of a family of twelve (seven boys and five girls). His late mother Johanna McGrath only passed away at the millennium at the great age of 100 years. Willy was a bachelor and one of the great loves of his life was hurling.

In his younger days when it wasn’t either popular nor profitable, he was a sterling full back on Mullinahone hurling teams. He remained ever afterwards a great supporter of both Mullinahone and Tipperary, rarely if ever missing a game. He was a keen student of the local teams and players and had his own definite opinion, which he often expressed in a colourful manner. The esteem in which Willy was held was expressed in the large guard of honour of former GAA players which flanked the altar as Willy’s coffin was brought up the aisle from the mortuary chapel where it had reposed. The coffin was draped in the green above red colours of Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams. The white pall was placed over the coffin by his niece Philomena Darmody and his nephew Conor McGrath. His funeral obsequies were attended to by Fr. McGrath P.P. assisted at his funeral mass by Fr. Guilfoyle P.P., Tullaroan. The readers at Mass were Willy’s nieces, Joan Byrne and Joanne McDermott. The prayers of the faithful were recited and the offertory gifts were presented by the extended family. At the end of Mass, a most becoming reflection was read by Damian Byrne (grandnephew). After Mass, Willy’s remains were removed to Modeshill Cemetery, where they were interred with numerous generations of the McGrath and Maher families going back almost two centuries or even more. Willy is survived by five sisters and four brothers. His brothers Paddy and Jimmy pre-deceased him. To his sisters Peg (Modeshill), Mary (Kent), Patricia (Kilkenny), Philomena (Tullaroan) and Jo (Kilkenny), to his brothers Michael (Kilmacthomas), John (Freshford), Phil (London) and Con (London), as well as to his extended family and many friends, we extend our condolences. May the soul of Willy McGrath rejoice in Heaven while his body lies in his native Modeshill. His month’s mind mass will be said in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Saturday night next February 25. Hopefully “Hill 16” where Willy McGrath often sat will be crowded.


The Irish Wheelchair Association Tipperary Branch held their annual Church Gate Collection before all masses on Saturday and Sunday last February 18 and 19. Your support was greatly appreciated and the association thanks those who manned the collection points.


There will be a table quiz in T.J. Mac’s at 9.30 p.m. sharp on this Friday night, February 24. The quiz is a fundraiser for Mullinahone Ladies Football. Your support is both needed and much appreciated, so make Friday night a great success.


It is not too early to at least make enquiries about enrolling new pupils in any of our three local primary schools in September 2012. The numbers of the schools are Mullinahone 052 9153304, Kilvemnon 052 9153542 and Poulacapple 052 9153436. Also just outside the parish border is Mohober National School phone 052 9154561.


Lent which begins on this Wednesday. Masses on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. Blessing and signing with ashes at both masses. Preparation for Holy Communion 2012 continues at all weekend masses.


The next lecture in the monthly series will be given in St. Michael’s N.S. on Wednesday, March 7, at 8.30 p.m. This lecture will be a follow up to Mullinahone during the War of Independence Days, dealing with our parish in the period 1930-1950. Education in the parish during the first half of the century will also feature. All are welcome.


A meeting of the Mullinahone Safer Streets Action Group will take place in the GAA Meeting Room at 8 p.m. on Monday night next. The purpose of the meeting is to review the safer streets campaign and to see where the group will go from here. A number of topics including parking and speeding within the village will be discussed. Once again an invitation to attend is extended to all people interested or resident in the village.