Preparation for Easter in the Parish of Mullinahone has already started. Our local choir has been meeting in the evenings and it is likely that they will be heard in action over the Easter weekend. Holy Week in St. Michael’s Church was ushered in with a Penitential Service on Sunday evening last. For the previous Sunday evenings in Lent, a special Lenten Service consisting of Stations of the Cross and Benediction was held. This Wednesday evening, (Spy Wednesday), we have the Mass of Anointing at 8pm. This is a special mass for the sick of the parish. On Holy Thursday at 8pm, we have the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. On Good Friday, we have two ceremonies in St. Michael’s. At 3pm, we have the Liturgy of the Passion which is the principal ceremony of the day. That evening at 8pm, we have the Stations of the Cross. On Holy Saturday evening at 8pm, we have the entire focal point of Easter and indeed the focal point of the Catholic religion, The Easter Vigil Mass of the Resurrection.

As stated in a handout at masses last weekend, “this is the most important ceremony of the year.” To bring Easter to a close at least in a religious sense, we have our two usual Sunday masses at 9.30am and 11.30am. Monday of course is a bank holiday and will bring a welcome rest to many workers. Finally, a happy Easter to all readers.


The last Local Lotto Draw took place on Monday April 11. The numbers drawn were (6,8,27,28). We didn’t have a Jackpot winner, but five winners shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations are in order to Eleanor Wynne, VE, Ann Pollard, Margaret Skehan and John Costello. The next draw will take place on Tuesday April 26, when the jackpot could be worth €3,050. However, if you want to win, you must first be in. It will only cost you €1.50 and with a prize of 2000 times that, it must be tempting.


The March results of the Mount Carmel (Callan), monthly draw brought double joy to Mullinahone. The results were as follows:

€300 Stella Cantwell, Mullinahone, €200 Gerry and Ann Stewart, Scough, €100 Carmel Kennedy, Knockreagh, €30 Agnes Foley, Springmount House, €30 Martina O’Brien, Kilbride, €30 Annie Quirke, Gurteen, €30 Bridie Medcaffe, “The Meadows”, €30 Noelie Pozlir, Mill Street, €30 Darrell Doheny, Maxtown, €30 Mary Lawrence, Mount Carmel, €30 Paddy Dwyer, Knocktopher, €30 Laura Carroll, Scough, €30 Elizabeth Lanigan.


A note from Ellen Carrigan in Poulacapple N.S. regarding enrolment. Poulacapple N.S. is now enrolling pupils for September 2011. Parents who wish to enrol a child may call to the school for enrolment forms and information packs. They can also phone the school on 052 9153436.


A Tea Day in aid of people affected by Alzheimer’s in Kilkenny will take place in St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy at 11am on Thursday May 5. Plenty of freshly baked confectionery. All are welcome. If you are interested in holding your own tea day, please call Ruth at 056 7771230. All support is welcome.


For the duration of the Summer and Autumn, the second Sunday of each month will be “Fur and Feather” Sunday in Mullinahone. Last year, a market at which poultry, poultry products and small animals began in Mullinahone. Here one can see and buy hens, ducks, chickens, rabbits, pheasants, guinea pigs and many other types of small animals. The market takes place as stated on the second Sunday of each month in the car park of the GAA Complex. Hot breakfasts are also available. The monthly market is a wonderful experience for young children who have never seen farmyard animals kept around the house as many of us did.

The next Market Morning is on Sunday May 8, and begins at cockcrow or perhaps a little later. So far, market mornings have had a great tradition of being fine. For the more serious visitors and breeders, further information can be had from Eddie in Poulacapple. Keep a watch out for those little roadside signs which will inform us when the market is on.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in “Fur and Featherland” on Sunday May 8. By the way, what cartoon character lived in Fur and Featherland?


Gaelic games are alive and well in Kilvemnon National School. Much of the credit goes to Conor Horan, who teaches the senior classes in the school. Scoil Mhuire have reached the semi-final of their group, having won out their section due to two splendid wins over Dualla N.S. and Kilcash N.S. Great displays we hear from all of the panel with special mention to Martin Kehoe, Tara Gayson, Enda Keane and the Captain Darragh Kelly. We’ll dig up the whole panel of players for you before the semi-final which will take place after Easter.

Training will resume after Easter each Tuesday in school and each Thursday after school.

Perhaps some of these young hurlers will yet walk in the footsteps of Tipperary full back and All Star Paul Curran who attended Kilvemnon National School in the latter 1980’s and early 1990’s.


People complain, generally to each other, about public services and other things. Do they do anything about it? Generally, no. “They should do something about it is the normal reaction but as for following the matter up themselves. That is a horse of a different colour. A local case in point which proves that “the little red hen” was right when she said “if you want something done, do it yourself”. Before Christmas, the lights in the village were serviced. Five street lights were left on and have been on since, day and night. People noticed and complained about the waste. They didn’t report the matter. A little over a week ago, the matter was reported to the County Council. They got on to the ESB and low and behold, there was light or rather there wasn’t light in the middle of the day. Our thanks to Jim Dillon and Nicola Ann Walsh of South Tipperary County Council and Killian O’Brien of the ESB. It just goes to prove that the little red hen was right. If you want something done, do it yourself and public bodies will help out if the matter is put in written form. They cannot help if they don’t know a problem exists.


Thurles Friends of Chernobyl will hold a fundraising quiz in McInerney’s on this Thursday April 21st at 8pm. Your support would be appreciated.


Back in 1941, the late Mick Cahill R.I.P. was selected to play a minor hurling championship for Tipperary. Mick only played once against Waterford. His hurling career was cut short by “foot and mouth” disease. Mick was the first Mullinahone man to play championship hurling for Tipperary. It was another 46 years before John Leahy became the second. He was followed into County Minor Hurling ranks by Brian O’Meara, Michael Skehan, Philip Skehan, Pat Croke, Kyran Vaughan, Eddie Carey, Paul Kelly, Eoin Kelly, Niall Curran, Paul Curran, Sean Curran and Cathal Horan. On next Wednesday night, Tipperary minor hurlers will play Waterford in the Munster Championship. Cathal Horan (Ballyduggan) and Eoin Fennelly are expected to line out. If Eoin Fennelly plays it will bring to 15 the number of Mullinahone hurlers who have played Championship hurling for Tipperary. We wish both Cathal and Eoin the best of luck. Your exercise for next week is to select a Tipperary minor hurling team from the 15 Mullinahone minors.


Good luck to our recently formed Mullinahone Tidy Towns Committee Chairman John Leahy, Secretary Mary Guiry, Treasurer Ned Brett and P.R.O. Jackie Bolger. More members urgently wanted.


The last lecture in the “Our Own Place” local history series took place in St. Michael’s National School on Wednesday April 6th. Our thanks to the B.O.M. of St. Michael’s and the principal and staff for their “Cead Mile Failte” over the Winter. A kind invitation has been extended to the historians and would be historians to hold one further session in Crocanoir, courtesy of John and Monika Bermingham on Wednesday May 4. This session will involve a quick revision of the Winter’s programme and will examine the history of the local parish from 1200 A.D. approximately to 1909 A.D. A large number are expected at this historic local venue for this revision lecture.


Table Quiz

A big thanks to everybody who supported the table quiz last Friday night in TJ Macs. The quiz was well attended with quiz master Aongus MacDomhaill setting the questions. We thank all the sponsors for donating prizes on the night and TJ and Nicola for providing the food. The money raised will go towards the running of our teams for the year.

Club Scene

Our senior hurlers started their campaign recently with a defeat to Ballingarry. Their next outing is against Ballybacon-Grange on the May bank holiday and it gives us an opportunity to get our championship back on track. Our minor footballers will face Moyle rovers this Wednesday night and will more than likely face Commercials in the semi-final. Jackie Bolger has taken on the task of getting our intermediate footballers up and running. With only one adult football team in the club this year it is important that everybody who wants to play football attends training. We welcome anybody who wants to train and play.


We extend the clubs sympathy to Tommy O’Sullivan and the extended family on the recent death of his sister Peigi Murphy. May she rest in peace.


Following a parish meeting last Wednesday night in the community centre a tidy towns committee was set up with its main aim of encouraging clubs, business’s and residents to clean up the Village and surrounding areas. It is hoped that people will become involved and more importantly active in the community clean up. A further meeting will take place this Wednesday night, April 20, at 9pm in the community center with everyone welcome. The committee elected was chairman John Leahy, secretary Mary Guiry, treasurer Ned Brett and PRO Jackie Bolger.