Club scene.

Our senior hurlers got their campaign up and running with a good win over Ballybacon. Our intermediate footballers also had a good win over Fr.Sheehys. Our U21 hurlers and minors continue to prepare for their championships. Well done to Cathal Horan and Eoin Fennelly who played their part in Tipperarys minor win over Cork. In senior hurling we are involved in three national championships. Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly represents us in the Liam McCarthy cup, Kevin Walzer in the Christy Ring cup with Kildare , while in the Nicky Rackard Cup

Shane O’Brien and Kevin Bolger play with London. Sean Curran is flying the flag with Tipperary U21 Hurlers while his brother Niall lines out with Tipperary senior footballers in the Munster championship. For a small rural club in the valley of Slievenamon its something we can be proud of.


This week we had a visit from members of the Emly tidy towns committee who were very impressed with what they saw. The village and parish have great potential and with our historic connections to Kickham our heritage is very rich. They did point out that each club and premise have a big roll to play and by coming together we can make our village and surrounds into something we can all be proud of. Once again we appeal to all to support our village clean-up and for everyone to look after their own patch. They complimented our housing estates , Co-op ,church and Gaa grounds along with many other locations through-out the parish. New members are always welcome. Together we can be very successful and remember its all for ‘The credit of the little village’.


The new Mari Mina Pharmacy in the village is to be shortly officially opened. The new pharmacy succeeds the chemist shop of the late Milo Maher which operated in Kickham Street in the 1940’s and maybe even earlier. The building was then operated by O’Sullivan’s of Fethard and run by Mrs. Hall before passing into the care of our very own Welshman Graham Davies. When Graham decided to partially retire the business passed to Akram Hanna. Akram continued at the old premises but modern times and newer methods dictated that a new chemist’s shop was needed. The new Mari Mina has been operating beside the church and across from Hickey’s and very convenient to Mullinahone Health Centre for some time but has never been officially opened. Tina and Melissa are the two principal young ladies who meet and greet the public in a most courteous manner and Graham still comes in from time to time to see that we are all medicated properly. Now the sumptuous Mari Mina in which about €500,000 has been invested is to be officially opened after mass shortly. Akram the owner and you will know from the name that he isn’t from Ballingarry, Drangan or even Grangemockler will be there to meet all who come along to visit on “Open Day”.


The last draw took place on Tuesday, May 3, because of the May Bank Holiday. There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were (1,15,22,23). Three people matched 3 of those numbers and they shared the Match 3 prize of €150. Congratulations to T. Lonergan, John Houlihan and Michael Lonergan. The jackpot next week could have grown to €3,500.


The Ladies Club have arranged a meeting to take place on Tuesday night May 14, at 9pm. All are welcome.


Three local youths are off to climb Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain in Africa) next month. The trio who are climbing on behalf of the charity Aware are Luke Mullally of Ballyvadlea, Killism Skorka of Killaghy and James Hindley of Ballydavid. All three are students at Scoil Ruain in Killenaule. Luke is a well known hurler and footballer with our underage GAA teams. Killian also played for many years on our underage teams. A successful car wash was held on behalf of Aware in the Church Car Park on Saturday last. We wish the lads and Aware the best of luck in their climb.


Under 6 and Under 8 training each Saturday between 10am and 11am. Under 10 training each Friday from 6pm to 7pm. Under 12 training each Friday from 6.30pm. Under 16 training each Monday and Thursday from 6pm-7pm.


The final lecture which was a summary of the six lectures in the “Our Own Place” series had to be postponed at short notice on Wednesday night last. Apologies to anyone who travelled and had not been informed. The lecture will now take place in Crocanoir on next Wednesday May 18th. All are welcome.


First Holy Communion on Saturday week May 21st at a special Mass in St. Michael’s Church. Preparation at 11.30am Mass on Sunday May 15. May Devotions each Sunday evening in St. Michael’s Church at 7pm. Devotions consist of Rosary and Benediction. Rosary said at the Grotto on the Callan Road Monday to Friday at 7pm during May.

Anniversary Masses next weekend: Saturday, May 14, 8pm Anniversary Denis Quirke, Gurteen. Sunday, May 15, 11.30am Anniversary Patrick Luttrell, Knockulty

In reply to special requests, the prayer to St. Jude (patron of hopeless cases) is published this week in the parish newsletter. The prayer could appeal to many of those who will or are doing exams.