Last weekend mass goers to St. Michael’s Church were spoken to by a Franciscan sister concerning her life in Africa. Sr. Mary Ryan who was a native of Clonakilty, Co. Cork spoke at all weekend masses. Sr. Mary went to Africa originally in the 1960s as a lay-missionary. She returned to Ireland after three years and became a Franciscan nun. Then she returned to East Africa where the Franciscan sisters then operated. They now work also in the South of Africa in countries like Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa.

In the early years of Sr. Mary’s mission, most of sisters worked in schools or hospitals. Nowadays, the sisters have moved on to other aspects of social work. Sr. Mary is a midwife tutor. She works in Uganda and has done so far a couple of decades.

The Franciscan sisters also work in Kenya in East Africa. In recent years, the order has been requested to work in Southern Sudan which is one of the world’s newest countries. Sr. Mary spoke most impressively and was well received by the congregations. The basket collections at mass were donated to Sr. Mary’s missionary efforts. She also requested people to pray for the missions and for missionaries. In the event of people not being prepared for a mission collection when they came to mass, they may contribute still to the Franciscan sisters through Fr. McGrath P.P. Envelopes and magazines are also available in the church.

We wish Sr. Mary every success in her mission, both at home and in Africa.


Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan made a return visit to Crocanoir recently. His songs and stories made him a great favourite with the captivated audience. The Crocanoir Concerts are now firmly established and are attracting music lovers from a wide area. The next Crocanoir Concert is this Saturday night March 26.

Featured is Colm Sands, a very well known artist from Rostrevor in County Down. The concert begins at 8pm. See for more details and events planned for the coming months. Crocanoir welcomes tourists from all over the world. At the most recent count, Ballycullen had been visited by people from 25 different countries. Many come to research their roots in the area. Others come to wander the woodland paths and to enjoy the solitude. More come to play some music and to visit local attractions. Many returning emigrants use Crocanoir as a base when visiting family in the area. They of course help to boost the local economy by shopping in the area. If you need a place to bring family and friends together, just come as far as “the end of the boreen”.


The numbers drawn in the Local Lotto Jackpot on Monday, March 14 were: (4,6,13,23)

There was no jackpot winner, but two people shared the March 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to Liam O’Brien and Michael Russell. Next draw will be on Monday March 28, when the jackpot could be worth €2,450. However, if you would like to win, you must first be in. After all, it will only cost you €1.50.

MARCH 2006 AND 2010

Coming to the end of “March many weathers”, we take the opportunity to look back at March five years ago and March last year as portrayed in the Mullinahone Newsletters of 2006 and 2010.

First, we remember some of the events of March 2006 which was five years ago. At the start of the month, we recorded the death of Aggie Comerford of Clashbeg, Eoin Fennelly, Meghan Vaughan, Lauren Herbert and Keith Guiry, all pupils of St. Michael’s won the Mullinahone Credit Union Quiz. The death took place of Tommy McGrath of Lismolin while Mairead Luttrell of Poulacapple captained St. Brigid’s Callan in the All-Ireland Camogie final. No luck for Mairead or St. Brigid’s.

Congratulations to Donagh Barrett, groom to “ War of Attrition”, which won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A Parish Mourns was the headline of the newsletter which recorded the deaths in a car accident of local teenagers, Michael Brennan and Natalie Horan-Quinn. May they rest in peace. In the first March newsletter of 2010, we recorded the death of John Doran, who for 25 years opened and closed St. Michael’s Church on a daily basis.

The first bring and buy sale of eggs, poultry and small animals was advertised for Sunday mornings once a month at the GAA Grounds. “Fur and Feather” was born.

Our senior and junior hurlers who had won medals in 2009 were presented with those medals in 2009 were presented with those medals at a function on March 20th. In the South Tipp Under 21 football Semi-final, our under 21’s played well to defeat St. Pat’s in the Semi-final. The month came to an end in the Newsletter with news of the County Finals of Community Games Art and MOdel Making prizes were won by Kate Gleeson, Poulacapple, John Gillman, Mullinahone, Meabh Maher, Mullinahone and Oisin McNamara, Mullinahone.


From time to time, we have referred to various townsland names in the area which have fallen into disuse. One can find some of these names recorded in public documents and some are remembered in the speech of the people. Recently, I was told that there was a townsland in the parish called “Ballycashin” or “Ballycashen”. I myself have never heard of this place nor have I seen the name written down. Perhaps some kind reader might have an idea of where it is or when it existed and be kind enough to pass on the information. Some week soon, we’ll publish a list of townsland names which have fallen into disuse. Perhaps when Ordinance Survey maps of the area were first published over a hundred years ago, some of these names were then in use and duly recorded.


Archbishop Clifford will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to 47 girls and boys from the local area in St. Michael’s Church on this Wednesday, March 23 at 11pm. Lenten Devotions consisting of Stations of the Cross and Benediction are taking place each Sunday evening at 7pm in St. Michael’s Church for the duration of Lent.

Sympathy is expressed to Dan Kennedy of Kilvemnon on the death of his father Philip Kennedy in Thurles.

Congratulations to Kevin Maher, Ballycullen who was recently married to Olwen Noonan, Drangan. Kevin returned from Australia for the wedding.

Anniversary masses next weekend:

Saturday March 26 8pm Anniversary Georgina Kennedy and Dixie and Katie Brennan, Killaghy Street

Sunday March 27 9.30am Anniversary Patrick and Kathleen Power, Poulacapple and their son Henry Power.

11.30am Anniversary Mamie Crotty, The Square


Mullinahone Community Playgroup is now taking enrolments for September 2011. Enrolment packs are available at the playschool from 9am to 4pm - Monday to Friday. Limited places are available. Phone 052 9153622.


Well done to the children who travelled to Silvermines last Saturday for the County Finals. Thanks to all parents who took time to transport the children. Congrats to Kate Gleeson who won a silver medal in the girls under 12 and to Cillian White who won a bronze medal in the boys Under 12 Modelmaking.


The final lecture in “Our Own Place” series will take place on Wednesday, April 6 in St. Michael’s National School at 8.30pm. The subject matter of this lecture will be the central theme of Kickham’s Knocknagow “looking for a land lease” and the struggle for the land in Mullinahone (The Land War).