The Easter Ceremonies began with a Penitential Service in St. Michael’s on Sunday (Palm Sunday) evening. This Wednesday (Spy Wednesday) April 4, we will have a Mass of the Sick and anointing at 8 p.m. This mass will be a prelude to the Easter Ceremonies proper which start off on Holy Thursday April 5. We will have the Mass of the Last Supper at 8 p.m. On Good Friday at 3 p.m., we have the celebration of the Lord’s Passion as well as Veneration of the Cross. That evening at 8 p.m. we have the Stations of the Cross. On Saturday April 7, at 8 p.m. the Easter Vigil Mass takes place. This is the Mass of the Resurrection. On Easter Sunday April 8, ceremonies will be back to normal in Mullinahone with weekly Sunday masses at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.


Our parish undergoes an internal cleanup this week with the Holy Week ceremonies. On Good Friday morning, an external cleanup has been arranged by our very hard working tidy towns group. This group and as many helpers as they can get will meet in the GAA Car Park at 10 a.m. The object of the gathering is to clean up all the approach roads into our village and to collect all rubbish and debris along these roadways. Our tidy towns group will provide gloves, rubbish bags etc., for those who wish to help in the cleanup. We all know that many hands make light work and that our Tidy Towns Committee have done sterling work last year and already in 2012. All our roads into the village need a clean up and when it is done, people visiting the village will be made aware as they approach how clean and tidy every place is. Property owners or residents along the roads can help this Mullinahone Transformation Campaign by turning out on Good Friday morning to help the committee clean up their stretch of road and then when this is done they can help by keeping the ditches/dykes in front of their own properties clear of litter and rubbish. All are more than welcome to come along. The more people who turn out the less everybody will have to do. Of course when the Good Friday cleanup is over, keep the place clean and tidy by keeping an eye to outside your own place. Don’t litter yourself and don’t allow anybody else to litter either.


The annual Easter Mass for deceased veterans of the War of Independence will take place in Westcourt, Callan on Easter Monday evening, April 9, at 7.30 p.m. This commemoration takes place each Easter as the events remembered date back to the Easter Rising of 1916 and the War of Independence which followed.


The final lecture in the local history section dealing with the 20th Century in Mullinahone will be given in St. Michael’s N.S. on this Wednesday evening April 4, at 8.45 p.m. The later than usual start is to facilitate those who might be attending the mass of the sick and the anointing.


March is over and April has begun. No sign of “the days of the old cow” T.G. We’ll return to that tradition another time. Rainfall during March was again very low just like in February being less than an inch (25.6mm) during the month.

So far in 2012, rainfall during the first quarter of the year has been well below average and if it keeps up for the rest of the year, we will have the lowest yearly rainfall ever. We can safely bet that this wont happen. Strange to relate, March 2011 was even drier than March 2012, but then we have to go back to 1997 to find a similarly dry March. The dry and relatively warm start to 2012 is to be seen in many ways. Even at the end of March, wild meadow flowers such as the cowslip were to be seen in bloom. These flowers would not normally be seen until May/June in the meadows.


Our misgraded minor footballers of 2012 suffered their second heavy defeat of the year on Sunday evening in Cloneen when they went under to Clonmel Commercials. We have to admire those lads who lined out and made themselves available for selection. In their next game, our lads will face a combination team of Fethard and Clonmel Og. In Under 21 earlier in the season, we defeated Fethard in the semi-final and lost the final to Clonmel Og. Now in minor, we face the combined might of both as St. Joseph’s. No use blaming the South Board for this terrible error in grading. They were not the ones who graded us “A”. Our senior hurlers set out on Saturday evening to defend their South Tipp senior hurling title in Monroe when they play Ballingarry in the first round of the league section. Supporters will hope that preparation has been good as in all things “a good beginning” is said to be “half the work”. On the senior inter county scene locals will have been pleased to see Tipp Captain Paul Curran fit again to line out and also to see Eoin Kelly fit to come into the side as the game against Cork built to a climax. We wish our lads well the weekend.


The local lotto draw took place on Monday, March 26. The numbers drawn were: (19,21,25,27). This time the combination was found by Kevin Bolger of Poulacapple who we presume should be very grateful to his mother Tina as Kevin is working in London. Kevin’s magic four numbers netted him €9,950, a giant size Easter Egg. Well done Kevin who could be back in Ireland shortly to play with London in the final stages of the Division 2 hurling league. The next draw will take place on Easter Tuesday April 10. However, if you want to win, you must first be in. The local lotto supports Mullinahone Soccer Club and C.J. Kickham’s GAA Club Mullinahone.


They say that the sun dances in the sky early on Easter Sunday morning. If you are up to see it you might as well go along to visit the monthly small animals and bird market in the car park of Mullinahone GAA Club.