Mari Mina Pharmacy - The new Mari Mina Pharmacy in the village is to be shortly officially opened, it succeeds the chemist shop of the late Milo Maher which operated in Kickham Street in the 1940’s and maybe even earlier. We encourage all locals to visit the new Mari Mina for the opening and we will have details of it next week.
Three For Kilimanjaro - 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, Killian 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 G.A.A. teams. Killian also played for many years and our underage teams. His name gives trouble to a few locals. He is the son of former Bernie Ryan who can be found working in Hickey’s Shop from time to time. 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.
Juvenile G.A.A. - U/6 and U/8 training each Saturday between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. U/10 training each Tuesday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. U/12 training each Friday from 6.30 p.m. U/16 training each Monday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Postponed - The final lecture which was a summary of the 6 lectures in the “Our Own Place” series had to be postponed at short notice on Wednesday night last. The lecture was to have taken place in Croconoir (Ballycullen) by kind permission of John and Monika Bermingham. Apologies to anyone who travelled and had not been informed. It will now take place in Croconoir on Wednesday next, 18th May. All are welcome.
Well Done - On the Intercounty hurling front we say well done to the Tipperary Minors and our own two representatives, Cathal Horan and Eoin Fennelly who won their way back into the Munster Championship in Semple Stadium on Sunday when they defeated Cork 2-16 to 1-9. They now play Clare again in Semple Stadium in the semi-final on Friday, June 24th. Cathal scored 2-2 at a vital time to keep Tipp. in the game and Eoin’s power in midfield was a great help in keeping a Cork rally from developing. Cathal can now concentrate on his Leaving Certificate studies while Eoin is likely in the interim to see action with Mullinahone’s senior hurlers in the South Tipp. Championship. Not since 1999 have Mullinahone had two players (Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly) in the Tipperary County Minor hurling panel.
Parish News - First Holy Communion on Saturday week, May 21st at a special Mass in St. Michael’s Church. Preparation at 11.30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 15th. May Devotions (Rosary and Benediction) each Sunday evening in St. Michael’s Church at 7 p.m. Rosary said at the Grotto on the Callan Road, Monday to Friday at 7 p.m. during the month of May. 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.
C.J. Kickhams - 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. Sheehy’s. Our U/21 hurlers and minors continue to prepare for their championships. Well done to Cathal Horan and Eoin Fennelly who played their part in Tipperary’s 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 U/21 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 it is something we can be proud of.
Tidy Towns - 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 premises 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 G.A.A. grounds along with many other locations throughout the parish. New members are always welcome. Together we can be very successful and remember it is all for “The credit of the little village”.