The last few weeks have been halcyon ones for the members of Mullinahone Ladies Football Club. During that time, the Under 12 girls got into the top grade of the play-offs of the Under 12 blitzes and also made the county final of the County Community Games. The Under 16 ladies won the Tipperary Under 16 C Championship defeating Moycarkey in the final, while the junior ladies defeated Gortnahoe to win the Tipperary Under 16 C League Final. Last weekend the spotlight switched to the Under 14 girls when they lined out against Clonmel Commercials in the Under 14 C Final. The game had originally been fixed for New Inn but eventually took place in Anner Park, Cloneen. It was disappointing that after a wonderful week of sunshine that the rain returned with a vengeance. This blunted the skill of the local girls but not their enthusiasm or determination. The teams skills had been seen in abundance on the Wednesday night when they played exceptionally well to qualify for the final when they defeated Boherlahan in Mullinahone. Prior to this, the team had shown great determination to overcome Arravale Rovers in the Quarter Final between two group winners. In this game, Mullinahone had had to come from behind away in Tipperary Town. Back to the final then in Cloneen. As the teams lined up in the rain it looked as if the bigger and probably older Clonmel girls would benefit most from the weather. Not a bit of it. Mullinahone began with a goal and Commercials with a point. That was to be the Clonmel girls only score of the half as Mullinahone added on 3-3 more to let them lead 4-3 to 0-1 at half time. For many years the locals have been at the end of quite a number of heavy beatings from Clonmel and they enjoyed seeing the boot on the other foot even if this time there was a gender change. There was no change in the trend of play in the second half and Mullinahone ran out easy winners 7-10 to 1-3. Captain Aoibhe O’Shea received the winners trophy and having said a few words, the team headed back to the little village for a victory parade and some much deserved refreshments. The girls still dressed in club jerseys, were also well received at evening mass. Great credit is due to all the girls and to their mentors Deirdre Dunne, Mary O’Shea and Jim White. There was much to admire about the display of the Mullinahone girls. The very young goalie Nicola O’Dwyer made one outstanding save. At full-back, Shauna Kennedy held the defence together and was most impressive in coming out to clear the ball. Wing back Alice Browning also cleared a huge amount of ball in the first half. Caoimhe O’Shea also played well, although hampered by the constant rain. Midfield for Mullinahone, Aine Dunne and Aoibhe O’Shea were well on top with O’Shea finishing up as leading scorer. Upfront, Grainne Horan played well and Valentina Kavanagh at full-forward was dangerous. Of the subs, Jennifer Brett caught the eye when brought on but in truth, the whole panel deserve plaudits. The team lined out Nicola O’Dwyer, Tara Gayson, Shauna Kennedy, Alison Brett, Eimear Horan, Caoimhe O’Shea, Alice Browning, Aoibhe O’Shea, Aine Dunne, Gemma Dunne, Grainne Horan, Kate White, Michaela Moloney, Valentina Kavanagh, Louise Lawlor. Subs used: Jennifer Brett, Meibh Maher, Emma Cody and Louise Fallon. On their way to the play-offs, Mullinahone had a walkover from Gortnahoe and defeated Carrick Davins, Slievenamon and St. Patrick’s. Well done girls and to all concerned in Mullinahone Ladies Football.


The last Local Lotto draw took place on Monday May 28. The numbers drawn were (1,12,18,26). However we didn’t have a jackpot winner.

Well done to the lucky five who shared €150. The next draw will take place on Monday night next June 11, when the jackpot could have reached €3,000.


The May results of the Community Council Draw are as follows:

€150 Paddy O’Connell, Blackthorn Walk, €70 John Croke, Post Office, €25 William Kennedy, Poulacapple, €25 Michael Mullally, Clashbeg and €25 Jimmy Freeman, Cappaghnagrane.


If you are feeling lucky, perhaps you should enter in the Tipperary GAA Monthly Draw if you haven’t already done so. It only costs €10 per month with two months free or €100 for the whole year. The new Tipp Draw is the 25th in the series and the two top prizes each month are two new skoda cars. Now who wouldn’t like to win one of them. There are up to 40 other fine prizes each month and you also have a chance (free) in the weekly GAA Lotto. Every prize is well worth winning in these difficult times. The first draw was postponed until the coming Friday night so you have a chance to be in from the start if you contact one of the club officers or Tommy O’Sullivan at 052 9153181 straight away.


Our parish newsletter this week looks forward to Eucharistic Congress Week, from June 10 to June 17. Our parish priest Fr. McGrath has certainly prepared the parish for at least the last year. Congratulations to Elizabeth Ryan, Modeshill who was married to Sean Keating of Creacon, New Ross in St. Michael’s Church during the week. A Novena to the Sacred Heart will begin at the grotto at the creamery on this Thursday evening June 7 at 7 p.m. each evening. The Novena will conclude on the Feast of the Sacred Heart Friday June 15.

Condolences to the members of the Gahan Family on the death during the week of Billy Gahan, late of Killaghy. Billy was in his 88th year and was well known as a butcher in the local area for many years.

Anniversary masses next weekend:

Saturday June 9 8 p.m. Anniversary Roger and Kitty Carey, Clonagoose.

Sunday June 10 9.30 a.m. Paddy and Peggy Freeman, Ballywalter

Sunday June 10 11.20 a.m. Frank O’Brien, Kyleawilling.


An Art Exhibition by Mullinahone artist John Brennan will take place in Clonmel Library from Tuesday June 5 to Saturday June 9. If you are in the vicinity of Clonmel during the week, do pay John’s exhibition a visit and give him some encouragement.


The so far 127 year history of the Mullinahone C.J. Kickham GAA Club is being compiled. For well over a century, the club has been part of the fabric of life in the Mullinahone area. Recording this history is a huge task and requires the help of the whole parish. The history will hopefully be much much more than a record of matches played and championships won. Any person that can help in even the smallest way is asked to contact one of the committee. Photos, ballads, souvenirs, medals, old stories, would all be welcome. If you can help, contact Lance Vaughan, Dick Egan, Sean O’Meara, Neil Thompson, Tommy O’Sullivan, Joe Tobin, Ricky Sheehan or any club officer.