The sad news reached Mullinahone recently of the death in Australia of Edmond Joseph Kelly, better known as Ned. Ned passed away on March 29 at the age of 82 years. His funeral mass, celebrated by Fr. David Vaughan, took place in Mary Mother of Mercy Chapel, Rockwood on April 4. Ned was born on September 16, 1929 at “The Bog Road” Bawnavrona. He was the fourth of the ten children of Catherine and Edmund Kelly. He attended Mullinahone National School for boys. In later life, Ned told many great stories of his boyhood in Mullinahone. When he was 14 years old, his older brother Michael suffered a dreadful accident, which left him confined to a wheelchair. This was the same Michael who was the leading light of organising Gaelic football in Mullinahone during the 1950s and 1960s.

Ned left school at 14 and having worked for some time with local farmers, he joined the Irish Army, where he quickly reached the rank of Corporal. He left the Army and emigrated to England. In England, the sporting Ned became a more than useful rugby league player. At the age of 22, Ned decided to emigrate to Canada, but the first passage available was on a ship to Australia, so Ned went there. He played both hurling and football and became Captain of the NSW Gaelic Football team. Ned married in the latter 1950s. He and his wife had three daughters. Two of his younger brothers, Sean and Noel followed him to Australia. Ned Kelly lived life to the full. He believed that people had to have a sense of humour. He was also compassionate and generous. He showed this when he was only 14 and cycled to Clonmel and back on a regular basis to see his sick brother Michael.

Speaking at his funeral mass, his daughter said “Dad walked gently on this earth and caused no harm to any man. He did not believe in holding grudges and never did. We know that Dad would want you to remember him with a smile and to carry on regardless.”

We extend sympathy to his wife, daughters and extended family. Another of Ned’s brothers’ was Frank, now living in Clonmel, who was a sterling corner back for Mullinahone in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Frank’s son, the legendary “Franny” has always been well known in Mullinahone. Ned was also the uncle of Eddie Duggan of Killaghy Street. Ned returned to “The Bog Road” in 1972 after 20 years in Australia. He returned again in 1980 and in 1984 never losing his love for the place of his birth. He was one of the finest of Mullinahone’s diaspora. May he rest in peace.


Fr. Liam wishes to thank the people of Mullinahone for their welcome last weekend. He further thanks them for their generous gift of €1,370. He was very impressed with our altar servers and the children who are about to receive their First Holy Communion later this month.


Sympathy is extended to Josephine O’Meara, Ballydonnell on the death of her mother Mary Ryan (TH) in Cappawhite last weekend. Mrs. Ryan was 97 years of age and a well-known visitor to Mullinahone. Congratulations to Philip Skehan and Karen Lee on their recent marriage. The Countrywide Collection for the Eucharistic Congress will be taken up at all churches this coming weekend at all masses. Please give generously on May 5/6. No church gate collections please.


A special First Communion Mass will take place in St. Michael’s Church at 11 a.m. on Saturday May 19. First Confession Ceremony took place on Friday night last April 27.


The last Local Lotto draw took place on Monday April 23. The numbers drawn were: (1,2,9,21). There was no jackpot winner, but four winners shared the Match 3 prize of €160. Congrats to Cathal and Granny, Margaret Crowe, Kit Fitzgerald and Carmel O’Meara. Next draw will be on Tuesday May 8 (due to bank holiday) when the jackpot could be worth €2,250. However if you want to win (and who wouldn’t) you must first be in.


Sunday saw the start of two new local possibly monthly ventures. We saw a market in the Knocknagow Community Centre from noon onwards and later in the afternoon a healthy walk from Crocanoir (The Crock of Gold) down at the end of the boreen in Ballycullen. We have no up to date reports but we’ll let you know more next week. Certainly the latter venture seems to be a most healthy venture getting out and about and getting fresh air into the lungs on a Sunday afternoon.


Our senior hurlers suffered a championship setback when they went down to Killenaule 3-15 to 3-13 in Fethard on Friday night. This was an exciting game and locals were pleased with the display of an under strength side. However, we will need to get back on the winning track when we face the two Carrick teams Swan and Davins in our final league section matches. We hope to see some of minors in the Tipp minor hurling team on this Wednesday night May 2 against Kerry in Semple Stadium. Our lads were unlucky on Friday last in the Munster Colleges B final, when eight of them played on the Scoil Ruain (Killenaule) team who went down 2-15 to 2-9. The octet were Richie Walsh, George Browning, Sean Walzer, Luke Mullally, Jack Shelly, David Walzer, Micheal Dunne and Denis Connolly.


The local Club will be collecting scrap metal over the next couple of weekends. Perhaps, you can tidy up and help out at the same time.