The death took place at the end of January of Mary O’Halloran of Glenwood, in Strathmore Nursing Home Callan where Mary had to spend the last four years. She was in her 81st year. Mary was a member of the Kirwan family of Thomastown. She and her husband Tommy came to Mullinahone in 1956. Mary was a deeply religious woman who was devoted to her family. She was held in the highest esteem by family and friends. The large crowds which attended rosary, removal, funeral Mass and burial testified to this. The way that Mary bore her last four years of suffering was admired by all. Mary’s reposal took place in the mortuary chapel of St. Michael’s Church and Bretts Funeral Home. Her funeral Mass was celebrated by her friend Fr. John McGrath P.P. Mullinahone. Fr. McGrath was assisted in Mary’s funeral obsequies by Fr. Dan Bollard Thomastown, Bishop Laurence Forristal, formerly of Ossory and Fr. Richard Scriven, Callan. At Mary’s funeral Mass the singing of her four nieces from Thomastown added to the ceremony. The readers were Mary’s grandchildren Brian and Eileen. Prayers of the faithful were recited by grandchildren, Shane, Aisling, Diarmuid, Tommy, Pat and James while the symbols of Mary’s life were presented by grandchildren Conor, Ciara, Eoin and James. She and Bishop Forristal were childhood neighbours and friends in Thomastown. After Mass, Mary was interred in St. Michael’s Cemetery, Killaghy. She is survived by her husband Tommy, her sons John, Philip and Frank and daughter Rosie as well as her grandchildren, daughters-in-law and son-in-law. She is further survived by her sister, Bernie McDonald, Cork, her brothers Sean Kirwan, Co. Monaghan and Pádraig Kirwan, Thomastown, as well as extended family and friends. To all we extend our condolences. May the soul of Mary O’Halloran, a kind and gracious lady rest in peace. Her months mind mass will take place in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Saturday night, March 2, at 8pm.


Poulacapple NS is now accepting enrolments for September. Phone 0529153436 or call to the school for an enrolment pack.


Work on our community park has been moving ahead at a great pace. The equipment arrived nearly three weeks ago and is being slotted into place. We want to thank Seán Brett for looking after the equipment when it arrived. We continue to fund raise. There is a table quiz on Friday, March 8, in the Stack of Barley. Finger food and raffle on the night. The next event is bag packing in Dunnes Stores, Davis Road Clonmel, on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16. Anybody interested in helping contact Amy 0877728047. No under 16s. We understand that children are excited and curious but please keep out of the site as it could be dangerous.


The first tidy towns meeting of 2013 took place on Tuesday, February 26. If you are interested and would like to help please come along to the next meeting or contact one of the officers. A fine stretch of stone wall across from the graveyard was cleaned up and unveiled last week. On the other hand litter is beginning to appear along the approach roads into the village and even more so in other litter blackspots around the parish.