Kelly Wins Fitzgibbon Medal - Most people will automatically think of Eoin Kelly winning another award. Not so this time. Elder brother Paul Kelly returned as a mature student to study in the University of Limerick last Autumn. Recovering from an injury, which kept him out nearly the entire championship season, the return to college has brought Paul’s recovery on a ton. On Saturday last, Paul who is now 31 lined out with the University of Limerick in the Fitzgibbon Cup final against L.I.T., which his brother Eoin captained to Fitzgibbon success a number of years ago. We are glad to report that Paul played the whole of the final against L.I.T. in extremely poor conditions, so he must be coming back to fitness. No doubt we’ll see him in the Tipp jersey again in the not too distant future. Paul now joins a select few in the Mullinahone Club who have won Fitzgibbon Cup medals in hurling. The Fitzgibbon Cup is the tournament played for among Ireland’s Third level Colleges. Well done Paul. We look forward to seeing you in action on the home front before too long.
U/21 Football - Well done to our U/21 Football squad. On Saturday last in Monroe, they eventually won their semi-final in the South Tipp “Hall Alarms” U/21’B’ Football Championship, even if only by a point. Any football win over Fethard is always welcome. Our supporters on Saturday were put through the wringer by the way we missed chances. Too many of those misses were self inflicted. We now have two weeks to cut out the errors before we face Ballyporeen or Killenaule in the other semi-final. Those two play next weekend. Last weekend, we had far too many chances, which we failed to put away. At least we had the ability to create those chances and hopefully in the final we’ll create these chances again and this time overplay the ball and end up going nowhere while at other times, some of our players don’t seem to put everything into getting to the ball first. In football, it is very difficult to take the ball from someone without fouling them, unlike in soccer and hurling. Perhaps, if our team had more vocal support, they would rise their game somewhat. That is up to our supporters and we hope that they will turn out in numbers for the final. Our team on Saturday last was Richard Walsh, David Walzer, Brian Treacy, George Browning, Diarmuid O’Halloran, Chris Horan, Keith Mullally, Eoin Fennelly, Sean Curran, Nigel O’Brien, Niall Cronin, Luke Mullally, Sean Walzer, Gary Cronin, Cathal Horan.
At half time, we brought on Keith Guiry while Brian O’Halloran, who was injured was unable to start. Our other subs were: Conor Vaughan, Stephen Quirke, Andrew Needham, Robert Reilly, Chris O’Brien, Niall Kennedy, Paul Gahan, Willie Croke, Tony Treacy and Pat Carroll. Declan McNamara is the Manager of the team while his three selectors are: Michael Lonergan, John Leahy and Noel O’Shea, whom we regret that we omitted in previous weeks. Fair play to the group. They have already given Mullinahone a good start to the 2011 season. The title is definitely not out of their grasp.
Cooking Demonstration - The Cooking demonstration, which was postponed on Thursday night last, will take place this Thursday night in the G.A.A. Sports Hall. All food will be raffled on the night. The proceeds will be in aid of a Lourdes Trip.
Sports Hall & Gym - Membership of the gym is now overdue and should be paid to Jackie Bolger as soon as possible. If you are not rejoining, please return your keys. Any person or group using the hall must book through Jackie Bolger. At a recent Club Meeting, it was decided that groups using the hall must be supervised. Hurling is not allowed without prior permission. It is in everyone’s interest to respect the hall and gym and to leave it in a clean and tidy condition when you leave.
Our Own Place - The next lecture in the “Our Own Place” series will take place in St. Michael’s N.S. on Wednesday next, March 2nd. Having dealt last month with the 1798 Rebellion in the local area, the next lecture will deal with Mullinahone becoming an independent parish on July 4th, 1826. It will also discuss the arrival of the Great Famine 1845-1847, while the central theme of “Knocknagow” the struggle to get a long term Land Lease will be explored. All are welcome at