Well done to Jack Shelly of Clonagoose. On Saturday night last, Jack joined the long line of Mullinahone footballers and hurlers who have lined out with Tipperary in the Championship, when he played at corner forward against Kerry in Tralee in Minor Football. Better still, Jack was part of a winning team who now advance to play Cork at a Cork venue on May 16 in the Munster Semi-final. Jack had a fine game prompting the description of him by Radio Kerry who broadcast every kick of the ball as “The Carlos Tevez of Tipperary Football”. Let us hope that Jack doesn’t nip off to Argentina. Jack who is 17 is the oldest of the family of three, two boys and a girl of Johnny and Alaco Shelly of Clonagoose. He is an all round sportsman and was a former underage All Ireland boxing champion. He made his debut on the Mullinahone Charles J. Kickham senior hurling team in the recent game against Ballingarry and is still trying to win a place on this year’s Tipperary minor hurling team. Jack now joins a list of 25/26 locals who have lined out with Tipp in the Minor Football Championship. A look back through those players on the Tipperary GAA website is interesting. The last 14 players who would make up a team with Jack and the years they appeared as minors are as follows: Sean Curran (2008), Kevin Walzer (2007), Joe O’Meara (2007), Alan Curran (2003), Paul Curran (1998), Niall Curran (1997), Kyran Vaughan (1994,1993), John Leahy (1987), Sean Brett (1985, 1984), Ollie Maher (1976), Tom Carey (1969, 1968), Lance Vaughan (1965), John Skehan (1961) and Michael Vaughan (1960). These are the records according to the Tipperary GAA Archives, but I believe that there is at least one error in the list. I think that Edward O’Brien our butcher lined out with the county minor footballers in 1997. We’ll have to look into the matter and hopefully have the archives changed. Meanwhile, congratulations to Jack Shelly and every success in the future. Jack was an important cog in last year’s county minor winning hurling team and will still be eligible to play minor grade in 2013.


The parishioners of Mullinahone would like to acknowledge and thank Fr. John McGrath for his wonderful work, especially over Easter. We welcome Fr. Liam Dunne of the Divine Word Missionaries to Mullinahone. Fr. Dunne will speak to us at all masses next weekend April 21-22.

Anniversary Masses next weekend:

Saturday April 21 8 p.m. Anniversary Ellen and James Hickey and their son Seamus Hickey, Carrick Street.

Sunday April 22 9.30 a.m. Anniversary James and Mary Jo Cody, Knockulty

Sunday April 22 11.30 a.m. Anniversary Michael Hennessy, Kickham Place.

May they rest in peace.

First Holy Communion 2012 will take place at a special mass in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Saturday May 19 at 11 a.m. Preparations are well in hand.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues each Thursday in St. Michael’s from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Parish tickets for this year’s Eucharistic Congress have been allocated. However, you can still acquire a ticket for the final mass. Phone 01 2981122.


The last draw took place on Tuesday April 10. The numbers drawn were: (2,1213,17). We didn’t have a jackpot winner but congrats to Helen Hawe, (Kilvemnon) who won the Match 3 prize of €150. Next draw will be on Monday next April 23, when the jackpot could be worth €1950. However, if you want to win (and who wouldn’t) you must first be in.


Mullinahone Monthly Market will begin in the Community Hall, (Knocknagow Centre) on Sunday week April 29. The market will take place from 12 noon to 5 p.m. On sale will be bric a brac, toys, clothes, antiques, books and crafts, tea/coffee/treats. Further information from Suzanne Edwards. Hope to see you there.


The last lecture of the local history series of lectures on Mullinahone in the 20th Century will take place in St. Michael’s N.S. on Wednesday April 25. Starting time is 8.30 p.m. The lecture will take us up to Modern Times in Mullinahone.


Our local Community Park Committee raised €2,073.75 at their recent bag packing in Dunnes Stores. They would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who gave up their time to pack for the Committee. Thanks also to the wider community for their support. The Committee would also like to thank the Juvenile GAA Club for their donation to the project.


The next outing of our local Golf Society will take place on Saturday week April 28. This outing will be to Abbeyleix Golf Club. If interested in travelling, please contact Don Bolger or Richie Needham.


Congratulations to all those who took part in the big parish clean-up which took place on Good Friday. The roadsides of the parish looked well afterwards. A number of local blackspots also disappeared. Perhaps, others will follow. Now that a good start has been made, perhaps others will join in to keep the ball rolling. You can help by keeping outside your own property clean and tidy and by keeping an eye open that it stays that way. Dumping of rubbish and litter is an offence and should be reported to the Environment Section of the County Council or to members of the local Tidy Towns Committee. Even after the big cleanup, it is disappointing to see littering again taking place on our streets and on the approach roads to the village. Damage to local flowerbeds which took place last Friday around the village was seen and noted and hopefully will be dealt with when reported. Congratulations to the County Council who collected all the sacks and rubbish from the GAA Car Park after the cleanup.


Our Senior Citizens Club will visit Ballingarry on this Thursday afternoon April 19. Usual bus will travel.


Many thanks to those who purchased Daffodil Day merchandise in the local shops. The sum of €345 was raised. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Many parishioners would suppose that our GAA rivalry with Ballingarry goes back to the 1990s. After all, we had a good hurling relationship with them in the 1960s and a football one in the early 1950s. Research has shown that in the Mullinahone Tournament in March, Mohober beat Cotterstown and Ballycullen beat Desart. In April, Mohober beat Kilcash and went on to play Ballycullen in the final before a large crowd. Mohober had early advantage of the wind and after five minutes scored a goal, which the referee would not allow. After this, Mohober would not play and challenged Ballycullen to a fight. They then left the field and went home, along with their supporters. The match was awarded to Ballycullen. In the period 1915-1917, there was also rivalry between Mullinahone and The Commons (Smith O’Briens), but that is another story.


Mullinahone C.J. Kickhams’ will do a clean up with a difference on Saturday May 12. Prior to this, members will be collecting any old scrap metal around the parish and bringing it to a central location. The collected metal will then be sold to raise badly needed funds. This is a chance for people to clean up around the house or farmyard and help the local club. However, we would ask local people to be sure that those who will call are representing the local club and not looking after themselves and their friends. More about this next week.


The next Crocanoir Concert will take place on Wednesday night April 25 at 8.30 p.m. Heading the bill at this unique venue is Sonny Condell. Sonny who rose to fame with Tir na nOg and then on to Scullion. He is a prolific songwriter and has 15 albums to this credit. Book early at 052 9153317 if it isn’t already too late.