The parish was saddened to hear of the death of Anne McGettigan of Kilvemnon in South Tipperary General Hospital on February 26. Anne, who was days short of her 59th birthday, became seriously ill just before Christmas. She was the second oldest in a family of six children of Joan McGettigan now in her 90’s and Cathal, her late husband. Anne was a very familiar figure around Mullinahone and in particular on buses travelling out of the village on tour. She loved travel and the tours of the local I.C.A. Guild and other groups to which she belonged were highlights of her life. Anne first came to the notice of many locals when she was the night-time operator of the local phone exchange in Mullinahone. This was long before the days of mobiles and iphones when one had to turn the handle on the home phone to raise the local exchange. When the phones went digital, Anne worked in Kilkenny for a number of years before ending her working life in Mullinahone Co-Op close to her home in Kilvemnon.

It was here that her remains reposed before being conveyed to St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone. Anne’s final obsequies were attended to by Fr. McGrath P.P. Mullinahone, assisted by Fr. Gear of Grangemockler. Anne’s funeral mass in St. Michael’s was served by her nephews Jack and Joey Lyons. The lessons were read by her brother Paul and her godson John Meagher. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Anne’s nieces Catherine, Cora, Joan, Nuala, Aine and her grandniece Sarah. The reflection at the end of mass was given by Anne’s only brother Paul now resident in Galway. The offertory gifts were presented by Anne’s sisters Cora, Margo and Mary, as well as by her long time friend Miriam Maher. The items which told the story of Anne’s life were a rosary beads. She had great devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. Also presented were a radio to which she loved to listen, a travel brochure and a family photo taken at her mother’s 90th birthday celebration. The funeral pall was placed on Anne’s coffin by her sister Bernadette and her brother in law Jim Comerford. After mass, Anne’s remains were taken to the family plot in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy and interred there with her late father Cathal. The reposal, removal, funeral mass and burial were all attended by large congregations, testimony to the esteem that Anne and her family were held.

Our sympathy is extended to the extended McGettigan family, but especially to Anne’s mother Joan, also to her sisters Mary, Cora, Margo and Bernadette and her brother Paul. Condolences also to the extended family of in laws, nieces and nephews as well as to Anne’s friends and those who knew her. May she rest in peace. Her month’s mind mass will take place on this Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. in St. Michael’s Church.


The 1994 Eurovision winner Charlie McGettigan returns to Crocanoir this Saturday, March 24, at 8 p.m. For the loyal Crocanoir following, Rich McMahons “Live at Crocanoir” recorded at the Christmas Concert has just been released and is now on sale.


An Open Day will take place at Mullinahone Playgroup on Carrick Road this Saturday, March 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This playgroup caters for children from 2years 10months to 5 years old. A limited number of free ECCE Scheme places available. Book early for September 2012 at 052 9153622 to avoid disappointment.


Daffodil Day 2012 will take place this Friday, March 23. Once again, they are calling on your support for this very worthy cause. Last year, almost €4m was raised for cancer services and this year, we need you once again to show solidarity and support for people and families across the country affected by cancer.


The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players present Brian Friel’s “Philadelphia Here I Come” directed by Ann Williamson in Cloneen from March 23-25. Should be well worth a visit.


The Under 8 introduction has finished in the G.A.A. Hall. This was a great success. The Club now looks forward to progressing this group outdoors after Easter. Under 10, 12 and 14 training will begin shortly as the season begins in early April. Under 16’s could have their first match over by now. Junior training Saturdays at 6.15 p.m. in the GAA pitch. All support appreciated. New members welcome. Contact 086 2319623 or find us on Facebook.


The Community Park Group are making one final appeal for volunteers to assist with their bag packing project on March 30 (Friday) and March 31 in Dunnes. The group are calling on mums and dads, aunts and uncles, grannies and granddads, in fact on anyone who can lend 2 hours of their time. It is for a very good cause. Please drop your contact details into Vicky at Lonergan’s or contact any member of the committee.


The Community Games County Finals in Art and Model Making took place in Clonmel on Saturday March 10. Local medal winners were: Under 14 Boys Art 1st John Gillman Under 12 Boys Art 3rd Jamie McCarthy Under 12 Girls Art 2nd Meibh Maher Under 10 Boys Art 2nd Alex Maher, Under 8 Boys Art 2nd Cathal Vaughan Under 10 Boys Model Making 1st Luke Vaughan, John Gillman and Luke Vaughan will represent Mullinahone and Tipperary in the National Finals in Athlone later in the year.


There will be a tea/coffee morning in the GAA Hall after 11.30 a.m. mass on Sunday, March 25, to raise funds for Sean Bermingham and Luke Brabazan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in aid of the South Tipperary Hospice. Please support and all are welcome.


In 1885, less than a year after the foundation of the GAA, the C.J. Kickham’s Football and Hurling Club was founded in Mullinahone. The Club has now decided that it is time to record the Club’s history. Towards this end, a committee has been put in place. The committee members are: Lance Vaughan, Dick Egan, Tommy O’Sullivan, Neil Thompson, Sean O’Meara, Joe Tobin and Ricky Sheehan. No doubt, the parish and beyond will be combed for both information and photos as the committee attempts to piece the past 127 or so years together. All help will be gratefully received.