“‘Mo ghrá go daingean thú’

“‘Mo ghrá go daingean thú’

The wedding took place in St. Michael’s Church, Mullinahone on Friday, July 13, of Ann Foley. Ann is the younger daughter of Sheila and the late Denis Foley of Parkmore. Ann’s groom was Tommy Whitely of Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny, who has been a widower for the last decade since the death of his wife Catherine. Ann’s bridesmaid on her big day was her sister Emer, while the bestman was the groom’s son, Thomas Whitely. The bride was escorted up the aisle by her brother Gearoid who had travelled home from the U.S.A. for his sister’s wedding. The nuptial mass was celebrated by Fr. Dan Carroll, a friend of the happy pair. He was assisted by Fr. John McGrath P.P., Mullinahone.

Two nieces of the bride, Eve Foley and Maria Foley were beautiful flowergirls and completed the wedding party. Roisin Lalor, a friend, was a lovely vocalist, while the very talented group of musicians was made up of Martin Coughlan, Paddy Cleere, Aisling Whitely, Feargal Whitely and Roisin Whitely. Their rendition of “tabhair dom do lámh” at the conclusion of the ceremony was most appropriate. The readers at the mass were Clare Whitely and Sinead Whitely (daughters of the groom). The gifts were presented at the offertory by Sheila Foley (mother of the bride) and the grooms’ sister Margaret. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Maria Kelly, Martin Whitely, Fionnuala Brennan, John Whitely and Conor Foley, who prayed for the faithful departed, especially for the bride’s and his father Denis and for the groom’s father and mother Michael and Peggy and for Tommy’s late wife Catherine. May they all rest in peace. The tone of the ceremony was set by the Aifreann an Phósta wedding booklet produced by the bride and groom. The extract on the cover from the lament of caoineadh of Eibhlín Dubh Ní Chonaill, for his husband Art O Laoire, spoke volumes, especially the two lines “Thug mo shuíl aire duit, thug mo chroí taithneamh duit”.

After the ceremony, the newlyweds and the wedding party retired to Parkmore to take wedding photos at the bride’s home. Later a reception took place in Kilkenny for families and friends. Ann and Tommy are currently enjoying their honeymoon in Northern Italy. On their return, they will take up residence in Paulstown. Recently, Ann who is a qualified Primary School teacher, was appointed Principal of the John of God Primary School in Kilkenny. We wish Ann and Tommy many years of wedded bliss together and we also wish Ann every success as she embarks on a new phase of her teaching career. Rath Dé oraibh a Áine agus a Thomaís.


Mullinahone C.J. Kickham’s will play Carrick Swan in the South Tipp Senior Hurling Final in Clonmel on Sunday evening next July 29. The after tea fixture is to enable patrons to attend the All-Ireland hurling quarter finals in Thurles on Sunday afternoon or to view them on television and then to head for Clonmel to support the locals. Mullinahone will be appearing in their 13th Senior Final and will be hoping to win their 11th title in 20 years. Some will have them favourites, but the over confident ones should take note that Toomevara who were very much expected to win the North Tipp final last Sunday night failed to beat Portroe who had never previously won the title. Not too many people expected Kilkenny to lose the Leinster Final either so our lads are well warned that they will have to pull out all the stops. With so many of our lads involved with County teams, we don’t want them involved in a roundabout route in the County Championship. A win on Sunday would put us into the last eight so we urge our supporters to come and support the lads in large numbers. Perhaps the club’s luck which saw Jim Luttrell of Poulacapple win a new car in the Tipp draw on Friday night last, will hold good even if Sunday evening is our 13th final. Muileann na hUamhan abú.


Locals are beginning to tune into the new Mr. Binman collections on Tuesdays and to use the new two system generally, it a case of (a) waste bin and (b) recyclable bin every second Tuesday. The next two collection days are Tuesday July 31, recyclable bin and Tuesday August 7 waste bin.


Mass was said on Sunday afternoon last at the 1798 Memorial on Carraigmoclear. The mass was offered by Fr. Gear (Grangemockler) and Fr. McGrath (Mullinahone) with assistance from parishioners of both parishes. A good crowd of local people turned out and availed of the new pathway and railing recently erected by the local committee to reach the summit of the Hill. This new path and railing has made it an awful lot easier for people to reach the summit and to enjoy the splendid views if the weather is fine and also to see the Holy Year Cross and the 1798 Memorial erected on the summit. Great credit is due to the local committee and their fundraising should be supported. A ferry service to the summit was also provided on Sunday.


Condolences to the family of Edmond Brett, Clonagoose who passed away during the week especially his wife Pauline, his son Pat and his daugher Margaret.

Sympathy also to Andrew Cashman, Cois na hAbhann, whose father Dick passed away in Clonmel.

Congratulations to AnnMarie Maher, Jamestown on her recent wedding to Tom Maguire of Callan and to Ann Foley, “Parkmore” on her wedding to Thomas Whitely of Paulstown.

Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday August 5. Details from Joe O’Gorman.

A pilgrimage to Medjugorje in September. Details from John O’Brien at 061 380614.

Thank you to all parishioners who contributed to the recent priest’s summer collection.


The County Library Mobile Unit has begun it’s summer trips to Mullinahone on Tuesday afternoon’s from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. The library can be found in the Church Car Park so come along. All small children to be accompanied by an adult.